Uber director David Bonderman resigns from board following comment about women
- Author: Kelly Blake Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 6:43
"I want to apologize to my fellow board member for a disrespectful comment", Bonderman later wrote in a memo to employees, calling his joke "inappropriate".
"I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud", he added.
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Bonderman's remark created uproar at a time when the company is trying to fix its image after allegations of sexual harassment, workplace misconduct and leadership issues. Therefore, I have chose to resign from Uber's board of directors, effective tomorrow morning. On Monday, senior executive Emil Michael announced that he was resigning.
The review came after Susan Fowler, a former engineer at Uber, detailed allegations of harassment and discrimination at the company.
The resignation comes the same day that Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick announced that he will take an indefinite leave of absence from the company.
According to the Post, Tuesday marked the release of recommendations from a report by former USA attorney general Eric Holder on Uber's workplace culture; the full report is not being made public, the Post reported.
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In a statement released on Tuesday evening, Bonderman called his comment "careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable" and said he understood "the destructive effect it had". For Uber 2.0 to succeed there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team.
Arianna Huffington, who joined the Uber board in April 2016, started the meeting with a speech about the changes that the company would be implementing.
Law firm Covington & Burling LLP's investigation into a pervasive culture of sexism and harassment at Uber had just concluded before Bonderman delivered the mocking remark.
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