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Uber HR Chief Abruptly Quits

Uber’s head of HR, Liane Hornsey, who has been front and center during Uber’s efforts to clean up its image internally and externally, announced her resignation late Tuesday night. The departure shocked many employees, including those on her team, and came during an offsite for the HR leadership team, said one person briefed about it. The move also came about a month after an independent legal probe by Uber’s law firm, Gibson Dunn, into allegations made by an anonymous email account that contacted the company about Ms. Hornsey, who joined Uber at the start of 2017.

The allegations were largely unspecific but claimed she had mishandled complaints made to the HR team by Uber employees and that she made disparaging remarks about some colleagues, among other things. Uber’s chief legal officer Tony West told the anonymous complainant that some allegations were substantiated and others were not, but he said he was not allowed to give specifics due to legal privilege reasons, according to an email chain The Information viewed last month. Reuters said it contacted the company about the Gibson Dunn probe earlier this week. Ms. Hornsey didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Ms. Hornsey was lauded for her handling of the aftermath of the scandals that plagued the company last year. But just prior to and since the hiring of CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Ms. Hornsey has had tussles with numerous executives over issues such as maintaining equal pay rules, as The Information has reported. She is being succeeded for now by VP Pranesh Anthapur, who previously worked at enterprise tech firm Nutanix and before that at Walmart. He has been the chief HR liaison to Uber’s technical team. The company is expected to hire a new head of HR.


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