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After Offensive Remark about Women, Uber Director David Bonderman Resigns from Board

After Offensive Remark about Women, Uber Director David Bonderman Resigns from Board
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Uber has been nothing short of controversy and crisis as of late.

On Tuesday, David Bonderman announced that he has resigned from the company’s board after making a remark about women during a staff meeting that was seen as offensive to women by many people.

The ill-judged remark came during Tuesday staff meeting held to discuss plans to change the company’s management and culture following a sexual harassment and discrimination probe.

Bonderman said he did not intend for his comments to come out the way they did and did not want the already controversial company to be hindered from making much-needed changes.

His resignation from the board was accepted and effective Wednesday.

So how did all this go down?

Arianna Huffington, also an Uber board member, told staff members that it was important to have more women added to the board of the company. She said, “There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the board, it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board.”

To which Bonderman replied, “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking.”

The TPG Capital founder later apologized in an email to Uber staff calling his remarks “inexcusable” and “the opposite of what I intended.” He said, “I take full responsibility for that. I need to hold myself to the same standards that we’re asking Uber to adopt.”

Indeed, he does.

The apology and subsequent resignation comes just after recommendations from an investigation into sexual harassment and other employee concerns put together by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had been accepted.

Danni White is the digital content manager at TechFunnel.com


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Danni White is the senior content manager for Bython Media Inc., a digital media and marketing agency whose web properties include TechFunnel.com and OnlineWhitepapers.com.

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