Uber has lost another top executive in the wake of a series of scandals at the ride-hailing company.

Jeff Jones joined Uber as its president of ride-sharing in September last year. Previously chief marketing officer at Target, Mr Jones was charged with improving Uber’s brand and reputation, encompassing broad responsibility for operations, marketing and customer support.

Uber confirmed his unusually abrupt departure this weekend, just half a year after taking up the role. That period has seen a string controversies including allegations of sexual harassment, rows with regulators over testing of self-driving cars and a lawsuit from Google’s autonomous car unit, Waymo, alleging theft of intellectual property.

“We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” a spokesperson said after the move was first reported by tech news site Recode on Sunday.

Mr Jones’ resignation comes amid Uber’s search for a new chief operating officer, who will report directly to Travis Kalanick, the company’s co-founder and chief executive.

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