KeyArena group sticks with David Bonderman after resignation from Uber board over sexist comments

OVG CEO Tim Leiweke issued a statement saying Bonderman did the right thing by immediately taking responsibility and sent a strong message by resigning. But Leiweke added that Bonderman’s comments “do not represent him, his beliefs or the views of the Oak View Group.”

The Oak View Group is sticking with billionaire partner David Bonderman despite his resignation from Uber’s board of directors over his sexist comments about women.

OVG founder and CEO Tim Leiweke issued a statement Wednesday saying Bonderman did the right thing by immediately taking responsibility and sent a strong message by resigning. But Leiweke added that Bonderman’s comments “do not represent him, his beliefs or the views of the Oak View Group.”

Leiweke added further: “He has acknowledged that, even though the comments were misunderstood, their impact was clear and he needed to hold himself to the same standards being asked of the company (Uber).

“I have known David a long time: he has always shown dedication to fairness and equality in his business and philanthropic endeavors, and his record clearly reflects that.’’

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Bonderman on Tuesday generated national headlines for his comments during an Uber all-staff meeting addressing allegations of sexism and harassment at the company. During the meeting, Uber’s lone female board member, media mogul Ariana Huffington, told employees: “There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the board, it’s a lot more likely there will be a second woman on the board.’’

At which point, Bonderman jokingly interjected: “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking.”

Several staffers complained after the meeting and audio of the comments soon appeared online. Bonderman issued an apology shortly after and later resigned from Uber’s board, saying the company didn’t need the…

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