Two Uber Executives Leaving, Departures Begin to Mount
Uber President of ride sharing Jeff Jones left the company following just six months of employment said the raid sharing company Sunday.
Brian McClendon, the company’s vice president of business and maps is also planning to leave by the end of March.
Each of the men is leaving Uber under different circumstances. Jones, who was taken from Target to become the No. 2 executive at Uber, resigned after the company CEO Travis Kalanick, said he lacked leadership help and started searching for a COO.
McClendon is leaving on an amicable basis from the company and will remain an adviser even following his departure. In a prepared statement, he announced he was returning to Kansas, where he is originally from, to look into politics.
His exit is not a surprise as it is been known for a time and his final day with Uber will be March 28.
The two departures add to an exodus that is hitting Uber in 2017. Raffi Krikorian, who was a well-respected director of the self-driving segment of Uber, left the company less than a week ago. At the same time, Gary Marcus, who in December joined Uber after his company was acquired by the ride hailing startup, left earlier in March.
Uber also requested the resignation of a top engineer, Amit Singhal, who did not disclose a claim of sexual harassment against him while working with Google, his previous workplace, prior to moving to Uber.
Ed Baker, a senior executive left Uber in March as well.
In a prepared statement Jones sent to Recode, he said beliefs and leadership approach that guided his career were inconsistent with what he experienced and saw at Uber.
McClendon, in his prepared statement, said he would return to Lawrence, Kansas his hometown after living away 30 years. He added that the election this past fall and the ongoing fiscal crisis taking place in Kansas was driving him to take part in democracy.
He added that he believed in the mission Uber has and in the many talented people that are working there and because of that he agreed to remain an adviser.
Jones was hired last August and was in charge of the company’s customer support, branding and operations. Uber released a statement saying it thanked Jones for six months of work at the company and wished him the best.