Uber’s VP of Maps, Former Googler Brian McClendon, Resigns

Another Uber executive has made a swift exit from the company.

The latest person to resign is Brian McClendon, the former VP of Uber’s maps and business platform. According to Recode, McClendon is expected to leave Uber after close to two years with the company to explore a career in politics.

“Mr. McClendon is departing amicably from Uber and will be an adviser to the company,” Uber said in a statement, adding that McClendon is “moving back to Kansas where he is from to explore politics. His exit has been in the works for some time, and his last day at Uber is March 28.”

Just one day earlier of the announcement of McClendon’s departure, Uber President Jeff Jones stated his own resignation. Jones has been with Uber for slightly less than a year.

According to internal sources, Jones’ choice to leave was directly informed by the string of controversies that have exploded around Uber of late — including allegations of rampant sexism and sexual harassment. That sentiment seems to be confirmed by a statement on his resignation that Jones offered to Recode.

“It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ridesharing business.”

Jones, internal sources further elaborated, felt the situation at Uber was not what he had signed on for — and the decision to leave was cemented by the announcement the firm was seeking a COO to “put the ship to right.”

Fortune provided the following list of all the Uber executives that have exited the company:

  • Brian McClendon, vice president of maps
  • Jeff Jones, president
  • Gary Marcus, AI Labs director
  • Raffi Krikorian, senior director of engineering in the Advanced Technologies Center
  • Charlie Miller, senior engineer of the autonomous driving division
  • Ed Baker, vice president of product and growth
  • Amit Singhal, senior vice president of engineering


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