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Amid turbulence at Uber, president resigns

Several high-level executives have resigned as CEO Travis Kalanick faces scrutiny over his abrasive management style and the company reels from allegations of widespread sexism. “The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber and I could no longer continue as president of the ridesharing business,” Jones said in a statement to The Chronicle. Uber Technologies Inc. spokeswoman Sophie Schmidt confirmed Jones’ departure Sunday, saying that the company wanted to “thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.” The clip prompted him to acknowledge that he needed “leadership help” and announce he would be making another hire: a chief operating officer to assist him. In February, Amit Singhal, Uber’s former senior vice president of engineering, resigned after reports emerged that he failed to disclose a sexual harassment allegation made against him while he was employed at Google. Just days before that, Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer, penned an explosive post online that chronicled what she described as a deeply embedded culture of sexism and sexual harassment at the company that was allowed to persist because of dysfunctional leadership. Waymo says Uber stole sensor technology that autonomous vehicles use to see the world around them. The San Francisco district attorney’s office said this month that it is investigating the company for the use of a tool called Greyball, which shows different versions of the app to different users, for example hiding available cars from local regulators or law enforcement personnel seeking to enforce bans on its operation. In January, Uber was also criticized for appearing to take advantage of protests in New York against President Trump’s immigration ban by eliminating surge pricing.

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