June 22, 2017

Uber board member resigns after making sexist remark in meeting about pervasive sexism

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The Uber board member who made a sexist remark during today’s meeting about the prevalence of sexism within the company has resigned from his position. David Bonderman’s resignation from Uber’s board was first announced by The New York Times , and confirmed in a statement by Bonderman himself, in which he said he said his comment was “careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable.”

Bonderman was recorded making the remark in reply to to fellow board member Arianna Huffington, who was speaking about the need for more female representation on Uber’s board. 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, to which Bonderman shot back “what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking.”

Bonderman — who helped found TPG, a private equity firm — said that the comment “came across in a way that was the opposite of what I intended,” but that he understood “the destructive effect it had,” and that he took full responsibility for it.

Uber is currently considering the findings of the so-called Holder Report : an internal investigation into claims […]

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