Uber director quits after making sexist remark

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An Uber board director has resigned after making a sexist remark during a meeting that had been called to address sexism in the company.

According to the Telegraph, David Bonderman interrupted fellow director Arianna Huffington as she introduced Wan Long Martello, a new member of the board.


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.'

It was at this point that Bonderman remarked: 'Actually what it shows is it's much more likely to be more talking.'

These words shocked the room, with Huffington responding by saying: 'Oh, come on, David.'

As a result, Bonderman resigned, saying: 'I directed a comment to my colleague and friend Arianna Huffington that was careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable.

'The comment came across in a way that was the opposite of what I intended, but I understand the destructive effect it had, and I take full responsibility for that.

'I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud. 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.'

The inappropriate comment coincided with a major investigation into allegations of sexual harassment within Uber, with chief executive Travis Kalanick taking an indefinite leave of absence to work on his own leadership skills.

International law firm Covington said the company needed to make 47 changes to combat a culture of sexism and misconduct, after a series of complaints from former employees, set in motion by Susan Fowler, who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by her line manager and ignored by Uber's HR department.