Published: Wed, June 14, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

Uber director David Bonderman resigns from board following comment about women

Uber director David Bonderman resigns from board following comment about women

Billionaire businessman and Uber board member David Bonderman apologized Tuesday for making a "disrespectful" joke about women at an all-hands meeting meant to address the company's problems with sexual harassment.

Huffington said that data showed that once a company had one woman on its board, it was more likely to have a second.

The blowback was immediate and uncompromising, as Twitter users expressed their outrage over Bonderman's remarks.

The resignation, which was initially reported by the New York Times, which cited two unnamed sources, was confirmed by a statement from Bonderman.

"I appreciate David doing the right thing for Uber at this time of critical cultural changes at the company", she wrote.

Bonderman has allegedly issued a statement of apology to Uber employees.

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Bonderman couldn't have picked a worse setting to interrupt a woman with a comment about how women talk. "It was inapporporiate. I also want to apologize to all Uber employees were were offended by the remark". Therefore, I have made a decision to resign from Uber's board of directors, effective tomorrow morning.

"I directed a comment to my colleague and friend Arianna Huffington that was careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable", Bonderman said.

In a letter to Uber employees, CEO Travis Kalanick announced that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence. But if we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve.

The next thirty minutes of the Uber all-hands meeting continued to address a 13-page report filled with 47 recommendations on how Uber could fix its own internal culture problems.

Uber has been struggling to deal with allegations of widespread sexual harassment and a number of other controversies and missteps that have dogged the company in recent months.

In the exchange, Uber's only female board member, Arianna Huffington, began to discuss the addition of another woman to the board, adding a small message about the importance of empowering women in the tech industry.

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