Uber Board Member Resigns After Making Sexist Comment During Meeting About Sexism

David Bonderman remarked there would "likely to be more talking" if more women joined the board

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Uber director David Bonderman has resigned from the company's board after making a sexist remark during an all-staff meeting about how to save Uber's culture.

The ride-hail company is currently investigating allegations of sexual harassment, bullying, gender discrimination, and complaints of a toxic environment.

In a meeting presenting the report to employees of company, fellow board member Arianna Huffington said that once a company had one woman on its board, a second was likely to join.

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According to a recording of the meeting obtained by Yahoo Finance, venture capitalist Bonderman interrupted Huffington to interject: "Actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking."

He then sent an email to apologise for his "disrespectful comment" (according to the Guardian), and released a statement describing his comments as "careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable".

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

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"I need to hold myself to the same standards that we're asking Uber to adopt. Therefore, I have decided to resign from Uber's board of directors, effective tomorrow morning."

Huffington added in a statement: "I appreciate David doing the right thing for Uber at this time of critical cultural changes at the company."

Meanwhile, Uber chief Travis Kalanick has taken a leave of absence following the number of scandals facing the firm.

In an email sent to staff (via the BBC), Kalanick wrote: "For Uber 2.0 to succeed there is nothing more important than dedicating my time to building out the leadership team.

"But if we are going to work on Uber 2.0, I also need to work on Travis 2.0 to become the leader that this company needs and that you deserve."