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Uber president quits as company searches for COO

20 March 2017, 08:21 | Patty Hardy

Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones

The controversies have cast doubt even among Uber's oldest investors on Kalanick's ability to lead a company valued at $70 billion with plans to go public in the next few years.

Recode is reporting that the departure is directly related to the controversies at the company, which continue to mount and get worse. Their statement on the matter was brief, reading "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best".

Jones told the tech blog Recode, which first reported his resignation, that his values didn't align with Uber's.

Uber president Jeff Jones. That report included a Jones statement putting the blame on the turmoil facing Uber, which range from an ex-employee's experiences with an allegedly sexist work environment to a lawsuit brought by Alphabet-owned Waymo over self-driving auto technology. It is unclear whether the new position influenced Jones' decision, as he oversaw operations as president and was second only Kalanick.

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Uber did not immediately respond to comment.

Jones is the latest of several high-level executives to leave the San Francisco-based company. Singhal was asked to step down because he did not disclose that he had been the focus of a sexual discrimination investigation at his former company, Google. Earlier this month, Ed Baker, Uber's vice president of product and growth, and Charlie Miller, Uber's top security researcher, departed.

The company recently made headlines after former engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti wrote about rampant sexual harassment and inequality.

Uber also acknowledged it has used a program to thwart authorities who have been trying to curtail or shut down its service in cities around the world.

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