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Uber president Jeff Jones quits

20 March 2017, 08:23 | Jodi Jackson

Jeff Jones has left the Uber building

Jeff Jones has left the Uber building

Jones spent much of the beginning of his tenure as the president of ride-sharing driving for Uber and meeting with drivers, after which he sent drivers an email about what he learned and what the company intends to do.

Ridesharing giant Uber took another hit with the departure of its president, Jeff Jones, after just six months, U.S. media reported on Sunday.

The reasons for his departure were not immediately clear, but Jones' role was put into question after Uber earlier this month launched a search for a chief operating officer to help run the company alongside Chief Executive Travis Kalanick. Last month, engineering executive Amit Singhal was asked to resign amid a sexual harassment allegation stemming from his previous job at Alphabet Inc's Google.

Another blow was when it was revealed Uber was using a secretive Greyball tool to thwart efforts by local authorities to catch the ride-hailing company violating local regulations. "That's the number one request from drivers". That same month, a former engineer wrote a blog post describing experiences with sexual harassment during her time a the company.

That bombshell led to reportedly emotional in-house meetings in which Kalanick admitted the company needed to change its culture.

Uber is among the fastest-growing tech startups in history, launching in 2009 as a way to order idle black town cars and over the next eight years evolving into a global transportation company worth $68 billion. Defined by Kalanick's hard-charging style, the company grew in part by flouting municipal regulations, angering taxi cab associations and frustrating many drivers who are not considered employees. Graves now heads up the company's delivery business, UberEverything.

Waymo, a self-driving vehicle company that used to be part of Google, last month sued Uber in federal court, alleging betrayal and high-tech espionage.

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