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Uber Board Member Resigns After Sexist Remark in Meeting About Sexism

Uber board member David Bonderman has stepped down from his position with the ride-sharing company after leaked audio revealed him making a disparaging comment about women in an all-staff meeting discussing the company’s cultural problems stemming from ongoing sexism scandals.

The latest shock to the company comes after CEO Travis Kalanick announced he would be taking an unspecified leave of absence in the wake of a report from former Attorney General Eric Holder about the company’s culture. Uber has repeatedly faced claims that the company fails to properly address sexual harassment allegations.

According to Yahoo! Finance, the exchange revolved around a comment from Ariana Huffington suggesting more women could be coming to the company’s board:

“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,” she said around six minutes into the recording.

“Actually what it shows is it’s much likely to be more talking,” Uber board member David Bonderman said.

“Oh. Come on, David,” Huffington responded.

Bonderman stepped down from his position reports of the exchange, after separately apologizing for his remark. A statement from Bondsman explained that his 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,“ he added. ”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.”

Arianna Huffington became the first woman on Uber’s board when she joined in 2016. In a statement, Huffington acknowledged that Bonderman’s decision to step down after an off the cuff remark signaled the changes coming to Uber.

“I appreciate David doing the right thing for Uber at this time of critical cultural changes at the company,” she said.