Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

PR boss at Uber quits

PR boss at Uber quits

Her departure was first announced internally in a staff email from the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick. It is still unclear what prompted Whetstone to leave in the midst of a pivotal time for Uber, but the timing seems a little odd given that PR disasters have piled up recently.

She arrived at Uber in June 2015 after a decade of working in PR for Google in the United Kingdom and U.S. "She is a force of nature, an extraordinary talent and an fantastic player-coach who has built a first-class organization", Kalanick wrote, Recode reports.

"Just as when I left Google, a strong and brilliant woman will be taking my place".

Uber confirmed that Jill Hazelbaker will take over as head of comms. Jeff Jones, formerly from Target, President of Uber also left after spending a mere half a year with the company. Hazelbaker also has ties to political work, having been a political operative of Senator John McCain on his presidential campaign.

The latest Uber executive to depart is none other than the P.R. boss who helped steer Uber through its past three months of scandals. In a blog post, Susan J. Fowler barreled through narrative after narrative of her experiences at Uber, which as a whole exposed Uber's internal workplace culture of ignored, downplayed, and bypassed sexual harassment.

On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Uber said Whetstone, the company's head of communications, has made a decision to leave the ride-hailing company. Or is the company that is now valued at nearly $70 billion just experiencing growing pains?

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In February, another executive, Ed Baker, left the company.

Uber hired former USA attorney general Eric Holder to investigate allegations of sexism and sexual harassment at the company after a former engineer published a chilling blog post in February.

Currently, Uber is facing a lawsuit from Waymo in which it is accused of theft of trade secrets through employees who once worked at Google but who were later poached by Uber. The tech blog Recode reported that Singhal failed to disclose that he'd left his previous job at Google because of a sexual harassment allegation.

This March 1, 2017, file photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, sources have told Business Insider that attracting new employees and bolstering internal morale has become increasingly hard as the company tries to overcome its tarnished reputation. The company plans to conclude the internal investigation by the end of April.

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