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Wheels Coming Off? Uber Departure Signals Continued Turmoil

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Jeff Jones, the president of Uber and it’s second in command, is leaving the company. Jones joined Uber at the end of August 2016 to run the company’s operations, marketing and customer support .

In a statement on his resignation, Jones said, “It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business.”

So far this year, Uber has seen six high-level staff members leave. Raffi Krikorian, the senior director of engineering at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, left the self-driving section of the company last week. In the beginning of March, Gary Marcus, director of Uber’s artificial intelligence lab, announced his departure. The vice president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, is leaving at the end of the month to pursue politics.

The two other departures, Ed Baker, Uber’s VP of product and growth, and Amit Singhal, head of engineering, were linked to the allegations of frequent sexism and sexual harassment. Baker was accused of being involved with another employee. Singhal was asked to resign after Uber discovered he left Google while being investigated for a sexual harassment claim.

The questions about Uber culture came to public attention after Susan Fowler, a former engineer, published a blog post last month describing the conditions that led her to leave the company.

After the post went viral, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a statement, “We seek to make Uber a just workplace FOR EVERYONE and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber ― and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired.” Kalanick then announced

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  • Aileen Wagner employs her love of words as a writer and editor. She is the owner of Walnut Bend Creative, and spends her time working on everything from textbooks to narratives to research presentations. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. You can connect with her at walnutbendcreative.wordpress.com or via Walnut Bend Creative on Facebook.

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