Amidst five federal investigations and multiple lawsuits, Uber has brought on board Tony West, former general counsel at PepsiCo and senior official in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Obama Administration.
Uber, which is the highest-valued private company in the world, is currently being investigated for potentially violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by developing software to spy on drivers for competing ride-sharing services and for using software to allow its drivers to evade law enforcement in jurisdictions where it was not permitted to operate. It’s also being investigated for price-fixing and its involvement in the potential theft of trade secrets from Alphabet.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s new CEO, praised West’s experience, saying, “As a former federal prosecutor and senior Department of Justice official in the Obama Administration, [West is] well-equipped to handle the investigations into our past practices. And at Pepsi, he has emphasized diversity on his team and across the company.”
“But perhaps most importantly, Pepsi has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies 10 years in a row,” he continued. “Under Tony’s leadership, I’m confident that we will one day join this list.”
West will be succeeding Salle Yoo, who left the post earlier this year in September.
In a letter to Uber employees, Khosrowshahi praised Yoo for her service:
“I want to close by thanking Salle for all of her hard work in helping build Uber into the incredible company that touches so many drivers and riders all over the world. She has been a great partner as I’ve gotten up to speed over the past (almost) two months. I especially appreciate all that Salle is doing to ensure that Tony’s transition is as smooth as possible.
Please join me in congratulating Tony and wishing Salle well in her post-Uber life (I’d imagine a vacation for her is in order!).”
West is set to assume office next month.