The name Uber has become synonymous with ride-sharing. Much like Google has become the word that someone says for someone to look up things up for information. However, 2017 has not been Uber’s year with its string of controversies. Which one are you wondering, just pick one. Amidst the defying law enforcement, sexual harassment claims, sketchy self-driving claims, involvement in Trump’s economic council, using the travel ban for its benefit and their CEO outburst, it seems that someone saw the writing on the war and headed out the door.
President Jeff Jones, according to Recode, has dipped from the company after only six months on the job. In August of 2016, he was snatched from Target, where he was their marketing chief, and was hoped to bring stability to the PR struggling company. In the last six months, nothing has been helping, especially when the #DeleteUber campaign got some momentum.
“I wanted to let you know that Jeff Jones has decided to resign from Uber,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a note to 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. It is unfortunate that this was announced through the press but I thought it was important to send all of you an email before providing comment publicly.”
“I joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term,” Jeff Jones said in a statement. “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.”
Jones’ resignation is another public relations issue that Uber doesn’t need. This could make the next person in line a bit more hesitant on joining the struggling company. Given that Jones’ statement would indicate that Uber may have been more resistant to change than anyone thought. One thing is for certain, Uber still have an image problem and this will continue unless someone decides that things need to change.