Billionaire investor David Bonderman—who serves on Uber’s Board of Directors—interrupted fellow board member Ariana Huffington to tell a sexist joke during an all-hands meeting about a cultural of sexism at the transportation technology company.
Huffington was speaking at a company meeting about a report by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that offered 47 recommendations for improving workplace culture.
“There’s a lot of data that shows then there’s one woman on the board, it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board,” Huffington said, according to audio of that meeting.
“Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking,” Bonderman replied.
New York Times reports the room was “aghast” after the remark, which Bonderman has since apologized for.
“I want to apologize to my fellow board member for a disrespectful comment that directed at her during today’s discussion,” Bonderman said in a statement. “It was inapporporiate. I also want to apologize to all Uber employees were were offended by the remark. I deeply regret it.”
Huffington accepted Bonderman’s apology,
“David has apologized to all Uber employees for a remark that was totally inappropriate and against the new culture we are building at Uber,” she said in a statement.
Listen to the audio below, via Yahoo! News:
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