H&R Block Inc. has chosen Jeff Jones – the former president of Uber who walked out over the company’s “beliefs and approach to leadership” amid a sexism scandal – as its chief executive officer.
Jones had been at Uber only six months, having left Target, where he was marketing chief, to walk into what turned out to be a morass under then-CEO Travis Kalanick.
H&R Block employees and shareholders have been waiting for a new CEO since Bill Cobb announced his retirement in May after six years at the helm. The company recently suffered a difficult year under Cobb but showed surprising strength in the tax season that ended last April.
Since leaving Uber, Jones has declined to speak about Uber’s situation, referring only to a statement issued at the time about the company’s leadersship approach.
H&R Block said Tuesday that Jones starts as its CEO Oct. 9.