Uber loses president after controversies continue to rock the ride-hailing giant

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Currently, the ride-hailing company is in the process of recruiting a second-in-command who can work alongside Kalanick, the CEO who has turned Uber into one of Silicon Valley's most successful companies but who has also become a magnet for criticism because of the win-at-all-costs culture he has fostered. All three issued full-throated admissions that the company has big problems that are being rooted out in various areas, including Kalanick's leadership, the way the company operates internally and how the company treats its drivers.

During the conference call Tuesday, Huffington answered a question about sexism at the ride-sharing company and in the same breath called out CNN for its since-corrected headline that originally paraphrased her saying, "Sexism at Uber isn't systemic". Earlier in March, Kalanick admitted he had to "grow up" after a heated argument with a driver was caught on video.

Jones' departure comes days after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company will hire a chief operating officer who can help write its "next chapter".

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The company has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to evaluate sexual harassment claims. This fall's election and the current fiscal crisis in Kansas is driving me to more fully participate in our democracy - and I want to do that in the place I call home. Huffington said she expects his report by late April and that it will be made public.

Holt also described steps Uber is taking to improve its driver operations and relationships, noting that it's "underinvested in the driver experience" thus far, leading to "frayed" relationships with its drivers. Hornsey promised that the company's first report on diversity would be forthcoming. "We know that this skill set is hard to find".

This leaves Uber in the "fortunate position" of being able to tackle its needed changes while the "business remains healthy", according to Holt.