Businessman David Bonderman, a former member of Uber’s board, resigned yesterday after making an “inappropriate comment” at a meeting.
The company-wide meeting was addressing unprofessional conduct and the harassment of women throughout the company.
Fellow board member Arianna Huffington was in the middle of explaining the benefits of having more female representation at Uber, when Bonderman interrupted.
According to sources, Huffington 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.”
Bonderman reportedly interjected, saying: “Actually, what it shows is, it’s much likely there’ll be more talking.”
His comment was met with nervous laughter, with Arianna responding that David will have “a lot of talking to do”, as well.
An email was later sent out to all employees from Bonderman, apologising for his “inappropriate” comment.
He called his words “careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable” and said he recognised “the destructive effect it had”.
Yesterday, Bonderman resigned, releasing the following statement:
“Uber is examining the issues with its culture, and making significant changes and working to right what has been done wrong, which is extremely important for the future of the company.”
“I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud.”
“I need to hold myself to the same standards that we’re asking Uber to adopt.”
Huffington released a separate statement, praising Bonderman for his resignation: “I appreciate David doing the right thing for Uber at this time of critical cultural changes at the company.”
This week, Uber appointed it’s second female director to the board, Nestlé executive Wan Ling Martello.