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Uber board member resigns over sexist comment about women

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More women on board of directors would mean ‘more talking,’ said Bonderman

Thomson Reuters
Posted: Jun 13, 2017 9:50 PM ET
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2017 9:50 PM ET

Uber director David Bonderman has resigned from the company’s board following a remark he made during an Uber staff meeting Tuesday that was widely seen as offensive to women, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The ill-timed remark came during an all-staff meeting to discuss of how the ride-services company would transform itself following a probe into sexual harassment at the company.

Uber board member Arianna Huffington spoke to employees about the importance of adding more women to the board of directors.

“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,” Huffington said.

In response, Bonderman said: “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking.”

Bonderman, who is a founder of private equity firm TPG Capital, an Uber investor, shortly after wrote an email to Uber staff to apologize, calling his comment “inappropriate.

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