Published: Wed, March 22, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Uber Downfall Continues With Jeff Jones Resignation As President

Uber Downfall Continues With Jeff Jones Resignation As President

The next one to announce the departure is Brian McClendon, Uber's vice president for Map and business platform.

Arianna Huffington, an Uber board member, said a probe into the company's culture and harassment claims is likely to be completed by the end of next month.

Uber Technologies Inc., buffeted by a string of recent scandals, sought to reassure customers, drivers and employees Tuesday with the promise of sweeping changes to its corporate culture, its first diversity report and a new chief operating officer.

In February, engineering executive Amit Singhal left the company due to sexual harassment allegations.

As multiple reporters asked about the fate of Kalanick as CEO of the world's most valuable tech startup, Huffington defended Kalanick repeatedly and said he's shown a willingness to be accountable for the problems inside his company and take initiative to turnaround his company.

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But Huffington shot down any prospect of Kalanick stepping down: "The board has confidence in Travis, and we are proceeding ahead in the search for the COO". Huffington is helping oversee the inquiry, along with Eric Holder, the former US attorney general.

Some of those structures include new training for Uber's managers, 61 percent of whom have had no prior managerial experience, Huffington said.

Last month, Uber's embattled chief executive Travis Kalanick was recorded arguing with a driver about falling fares.

"Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn't see his future at Uber", he said. While the search is ongoing - Kalanick, they said, was not on the call because he was interviewing COO candidates - they described the position as one that would provide balance to Kalanick in a "true partnership".

Uber made overtures to drivers in the news conference as well. However, sources revealed that Jeff Jones found the situation at Uber more problematic than he expected.

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