Uber president Jeff Jones has stepped down without any prior intimation to the company. His exit comes as unexpected for everyone in the company.
It is learned Jones was frustrated with the ride-hailing company over hiring a new chief operating officer without considering him as one of the fittest candidates.
Technology news website Recode reports the president resigned because of continued struggle of Uber with sexual harassment, sexism and other similar issues.
Uber released a statement saying, “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.”
However, insider says the sudden departure of Jones has left the executives with disappointment and they consider it as lack of professional courtesy in informing the company in advance.
It is learned his resignation has been appointed by the company and it will come into effect immediately.
In recent months the company has suffered several controversies and culture of sexism is the most serious one.
Earlier this month Uber’s co-founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick said the company is looking for a COO and this seems to be a role that would effectively demoted Jones.
Uber emailed to his staff, “After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber.”