Wrong crowd: Uber director quits after making sexist remark at sexism meeting

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Uber director David Bonderman has resigned from the board of the ride-hailing company after making what many perceived as a sexist remark - at a staff meeting convened to address sexism within the tech firm.

During Tuesday's meeting, 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," she said.

Bonderman responded: "Actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking."

A recording of the meeting was published by Yahoo and an Uber spokesman verified the authenticity and accuracy of the recording, Reuters reported.

Bonderman, a founder of TPG Capital which invests in Uber, has also served as chairman of the Ryanair board since 1996. He tendered his resignation from Uber yesterday evening and as of Wednesday morning is no longer a member of the board.

His departure follows the announcement that Uber boss Travis Kalanick would take a leave of absence for an as yet undetermined amount of time.

Uber has been undergoing a major shake-up as it attempts to deal with accusations of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination, levelled at the group by employees over the past five years.

Last week the Silicon Valley firm fired 20 people and said it was improving management training following an investigation into the allegations by law firm Perkins Coie.

Earlier this week, Uber said it would adopt the recommendations laid out in a report by former US attorney general Eric Holder and lawyer Tammy Albarrán, who led an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and a “bro culture” at the company.

Former Uber employee Susan Fowler shone a spotlight on sexual harassment at the group earlier this year, when she published a blog post detailing her experience working at the company.

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