Uber director resigns following sexist remark

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Uber Technologies Inc. director David Bonderman announced his resignation Tuesday from the company’s board in the wake of a comment he made during an Uber staff meeting that was widely viewed as offensive to women.

Bonderman, founder of private equity firm TPG Capital and Uber investor, made the remark during an all-staff meeting Tuesday to address Uber’s strategy to transform itself following an investigation into sexual harassment at the company.

According to a statement sent to Reuters by Bonderman, he resigned because he did not want his comments to create a distraction for Uber, which is trying to remove sexual harassment and discrimination from its culture.

Bonderman’s resignation becomes effective Wednesday morning.

Uber board member Arianna Huffington addressed employees during Tuesday’s meeting regarding the importance of adding more women to the board of directors. “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,” Huffington said.

Bonderman responded by saying, “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking.”

A recording of the meeting that was published by Yahoo revealed the comment. The authenticity and accuracy of the recording was later verified by Uber.

Shortly after the meeting, Bonderman apologized to Uber staff via email.

Bonderman released a resignation statement later on Tuesday, declaring that his remarks were “careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable” and “the opposite of what I intended.”

“I take full responsibility for that,” he said. “I need to hold myself to the same standards that we’re asking Uber to adopt.”

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