Travis Kalanick’s search for a deputy to deflect criticism from his own hateful visage hasn’t succeeded in finding the right man for the job just yet (and it will almost certainly be a man), but it has succeeded in driving out the last one. Jeff Jones has decided that six months working with the John Galt of ride-sharing is quite enough, indeed.
In a statement to Recode, he said, “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber….”
Mr. Jones’s hiring last August was widely publicized by Uber. He was in charge of the company’s branding, customer support and operations divisions.
Jones’ exit is only the latest for this month for Uber, and coincides with that of Brian McClendon, vice president of maps and business platforms, who is returning to Kansas with all he’s learned in Silicon Valley to fix all that ails his benighted native state, although he doesn’t sound like he’ll be pushing an Ayn Randian agenda or looking to associate himself with the current administration, in spite of the president's popularity in the Sunflower State.
Raffi Krikorian, a well-regarded director in Uber’s self-driving division, left the company last week, while Gary Marcus, who joined Uber in December after Uber acquired his company, left this month. Uber also asked for the resignation of Amit Singhal, a top engineer who failed to disclose a sexual harassment claim against him at his previous employer, Google, before joining Uber. And Ed Baker, another senior executive, left this month as well….
Mr. McClendon, in a statement, said he was returning to his hometown, Lawrence, Kan., after 30 years away. “This fall’s election and the current fiscal crisis in Kansas is driving me to more fully participate in our democracy — and I want to do that in the place I call home,” he said. “I believe in Uber’s mission and the many talented people working there to make it a reality and that’s why I have agreed to stay on as an adviser.”