Jones’s exit is reportedly directly related to the sexism and sexual harassment allegations against Uber, which first came to light in a blog post by former engineer Susan Fowler. The company failed to discipline employees who had sexually harassed female coworkers and, according to Fowler, even lied about the amount of recorded instances. An investigation was launched, headed up by former US attorney general Eric Holder, who has been working for Uber for some time.

The fact that a paid employee would be auditing the company’s practices discouraged early investors like Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor, who penned a piece on Medium slamming Uber’s response to sexism and sexual misconduct. However, the investigation has produced some results: The company fired its head of engineering, and its head of product resigned after inappropriate behavior was uncovered.

Kalanick has been in search of a COO since March 7. His Sunday memo seems to indicate that filling the COO position is still his main priority. As of press time, neither Uber nor Jones have responded to a request for comment.

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