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Uber's top lawyer reveals how the CEO convinced him to join the company he'd previously said he would avoid

Uber's top lawyer reveals how the CEO convinced him to join the company he'd previously said he would avoid

14.8.2019

Uber 's top lawyer reveals how the CEO convinced him to join the company he'd previously said he would avoid

'Man, I'm glad I'm not the GC of that company,' Tony West said of Uber in 2017. Now he's the ride-hailing giant's top lawyer.

In 2017, West recalled saying to a colleague"Man, I'm glad I'm not the GC of that company."

In early 2017, Tony West, then the general counsel for Pepsi, had just finished a meeting with a member of his staff when he noticed a New York Times issue on the table of his office.

"I remember finishing that article and tossing the paper on my table and saying to say to my colleague: 'Man, I'm glad I'm not the GC of that company, they've got some real problems,'" West told the New York Stock Exchange's

"What was supposed to be a thirty-minute meeting turned into an hour-long meeting," West said."We were talking about this incredible company which I had fallen in love with as a consumer years before. I was already someone who had it on my phone and used it all the time."

Over steak, the pair discussed"the challenges [Uber] was facing, what it would take to turn around the culture, to turn around the legal problems, to begin to unlock the enormous potential that this company had, and the fact that he needed a partner in getting that done."

"They needed help with regulators, I had been a regulator. They needed someone who understood the governance of a public company, I had been the GC of one of the largest public companies in the world," he said."And so when you put it all together, it seemed like a perfect match. The rest, as they say, is history."

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