The departure list from Uber keeps on growing. On Sunday, Uber said that the ride sharing president of Uber, Jeff Jones left the company after six months of joining it. Brian McClendon, the maps and business platform Vice President at Uber, is also planning to leave by the end of this month.
The circumstances that led to them leaving are very different. Mr. Jones was poached from the company Target to be the No. 2 Executive at Uber, who left because the CEO of the company, Travis Kalanick said that he needed help in leadership and was searching for a new Chief Operating Officer.
The departure of Mr. McClendon was harmonious and he would stay as an adviser to the company. He said that he was moving back to his home state Kansas to explore politics. His last day at Uber would be March 28, 2017.
These departures add to the earlier executive departures from Uber in 2017. Gary Marcus, who joined in December after the acquisition of his company, left in March 2017 and Raffi Krikorian, the self-driving division director left last week. Top Engineer, Amit Singhal was also asked to resign as he failed to disclose the claims of sexual harassment against him at Google, his previous employer. Another senior executive, Ed Baker also left this month.
There were no comments from Mr. Jones on his departure. Mr. McClendon said that he was returning to Lawrence, Kansas, his hometown, after being away for thirty years.
The hiring of Mr. Jones last August was highly publicized by the company. He was in charge of the company’s operations, customer support, and branding divisions.
The exit of Mr. Jones is problematic as many former and current employees saw him as the counterpart or successor of Travis Kalanick. The Board of Directors and Investors just wanted to stabilize the company after the past few months of turmoil.
Kalanick has faced a lot of scrutiny for his role in the internal operations at Uber and blamed for not dealing with the human resources issues of the company. Mr. Jones was supposedly the adult in the room as he had a lot of experience as a leader in a public company going through a lot of crisis.
McClendon, on the other hand, was hired from Google nearly two years ago to work on the autonomous vehicle and mapping initiatives. McClendon was at Google for about ten years and was an integral cog in the formation of Google Earth and Geolocation Technology research of the company.
Uber currently relies on a mix of technologies, but heavily relies on Google Maps, which is one of Uber’s main competitors as well. Therefore, McClendon’s departure is problematic as it is strategically important for Uber to strengthen their geolocation and mapping services.