You must have heard about Uber being panalized by various governments in order to not follow local laws and requirements. Uber 5 drivers were caught in Hong Kong because they were charged for using the vehicles for commercial purposes without any authorization and week ago. Few weeks earlier, Taiwan imposed heavy fines on Uber for not complying with local laws. About a couple of weeks ago, Gary Marcus the former head of Uber AI department stepped down from his designation and Now….
Uber President Jeff Jones decides to leave the company just after 6 months of joining. Jeff says, “The company is inconsistent with its values; is the main reason behind this resignation”.
San Francisco-based company is receiving consecutive blows to its moral, ethical and business values and the latest one is even more damaging. Secret programme’s to flee law enforcement, allegations of work discriminations, sexual harassments as well as departures of high-level executives.
In response to Recode questions, Jeff said, “I have my own leadership approach and beliefs through which I am sitting on a carrier now, my belief and vision of leadership is inconsistent and incompatible with Uber practices. I no longer wish to be the part of ride-sharing services business.”
The company itself confirmed that Jones had quit. “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” it said.
Jones’s departure comes days after Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick said the company will hire a chief operating officer who can help write its “next chapter”. He had been performing some of those COO responsibilities. Jones joined Uber in September from US retailer Target, where he was CMO.
He is the one of several senior executives who have left Uber in recent weeks. Uber’s vice-president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, said separately he plans to leave the company at the end of the month to explore politics.
Last month, engineering executive, Amit Singhal, resigned just 5 weeks after appointment. He reportedly failed to disclose he had left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation.
The same week, Ed Baker, Uber’s vice-president of product, left, and then Charlie Miller, its executive security researcher, left to join Didi, China’s larger ride-hailing company.
A recent video showed Kalanick profanely berating a driver who confronted him about steep cuts in Uber’s rates.
The New York Times reported that for years Uber used a tool called Greyball to systematically deceive law enforcement officials in cities where its service violated regulations. Uber has defended the programme.
The company also faces challenges in court. Waymo, a self-driving car company that used to be part of Google, last month sued Uber in federal court, alleging betrayal and hi-tech espionage. Uber has denied the claims, calling them “a baseless attempt to slow down a competitor”.
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