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The Uber board member who made a sexist remark during a staff meeting has resigned

David Bonderman of TPG Capital is no longer on Uber’s board.

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David Bonderman, an Uber board member and founding partner at TPG Capital, stepped down from the company’s board after he made a sexist remark at the company’s all-staff meeting today. The meeting was prompted by an investigation into accounts of sexism and sexual harassment at the company.

Uber confirmed that Bonderman has stepped down.

Fellow board member Arianna Huffington was addressing the staff during the meeting and said, “There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on a board it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board.”

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

Here’s his statement in full:

"Today at Uber’s all-hands meeting, I directed a comment to my colleague and friend Arianna Huffington that was careless, inappropriate, and inexcusable. The 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. Having worked with the company for the last few months on the Holder report, I recognize the importance of implementing the requirements of the report. Uber is examining the issues with its culture, and making significant changes and working to right what has been done wrong, which is extremely important for the future of the company. I do not want my comments to create distraction as Uber works to build a culture of which we can be proud. 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. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve on Uber’s board, and I look forward to seeing the company’s progress and future success."


This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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