After just six months, Uber’s president of ride sharing Jeff Jones has left the company. This is latest in a string of major executive departures from the embattled company over the past month.
The hiring of Jones last August was widely publicized by Uber who poached him from Target. He was in charge of Uber’s branding, customer support and operations divisions.
Recode was the first to report Jones’s departure. Uber spokesman Matt Kallman confirmed the departure in an email statement on Sunday, he wrote: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.”
Jones’s departure is the third executive exit from Uber in nearly as many weeks.
Well-regarded director in Uber’s self-driving division Raffi Krikorian left the company last week. Gary Marcus, who joined Uber three months ago after Uber acquired his company, left in early March. While Uber asked for Amit Singhal’s resignation, after failing to disclose a sexual harassment claim against him at his previous employer before joining the company.
An adult in the room:
Many current and former employees had seen Jones as a natural successor or counterpart to Travis Kalanick, the company’s chief executive and co-founder, making his departure particularly problematic for Uber. After months of internal turmoil, investors and the company’s board of directors were particularly keen on stabilizing the troubled company
In recent weeks, Kalanick has faced intense inspection for his role in nurturing the over-competitive and cutthroat culture of Uber’s internal operations. He has also been blamed for not properly dealing with the company’s continuing human resources issues.
This month, a video of Kalanick getting into a heated argument with a driver surfaced, after which he said that he would seek leadership help. Uber is currently in the middle of looking for a chief operating officer.
Many viewed Jones as the so-called adult in the room. He was an executive with experience as a leader at a public company that had undergone a period of intense crisis, as he was Target’s head of marketing during and after the fallout of a major company data breach in 2013.