Uber director David Bonderman resigns from board after comment about women


Once the talk of the startup world for its innovative ride-hailing service, Uber has recently been making headlines for allegations of sexual harassment of female employees and mistreatment of workers, for which it is conducting an internal investigation.

During the meeting presenting the report to Uber employees on Tuesday, Bonderman interrupted his fellow board member Arianna Huffington with a sexist remark, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by Yahoo Finance.

"Actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking", said David Bonderman, a director at TPG Capital and another board member. Huffington was none to pleased, either, responding: "Ohh, come on, David". Recent events have brought home for me that people are more important than work, and that I need to take some time off of the day-to-day to grieve my mother, whom I buried on Friday, to reflect, to work on myself, and to focus on building out a world-class leadership team. "I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud".

His resignation from the board is effective Wednesday morning.

Huffington laughed uncomfortably at the time, but Tuesday night, she didn't mince words.

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Holder and his law firm were retained by Uber back in February to investigate company practices after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post detailing what she described as sexual harassment and the lack of a suitable response by senior managers.

According to the New York Times, Bonderman has since apologized for his remark in an email to Uber employees. 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.

Bonderman, a co-founder of a private equity firm, also apologized personally to Huffington.

The comment quickly went viral on social media, provoking ridicule and disbelief as Uber's board scrambles to fix the fratboy reputation of its corporate culture under Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.