Uber's new legal chief opens up about surveillance, secret CEO meetings and Uber’s 'hungry' lawyers

New Uber CLO on why he decided to take the gig and how he plans to help turn the embattled company around

Tony West’s first official day as chief legal officer at Uber Technologies began by calling regulators to say: “Hi, it’s Tony. It’s my first day. By the way, I have to tell you about a data breach.”

In his first one-on-one interview since joining the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company in late November, West (pictured) shares how the days that followed have been just as “eventful” as his first, during which he hit the ground running by dealing with a previously undisclosed breach of Uber’s networks.

West, most recently general counsel at PepsiCo, says he was contacted last spring about leading the legal department at Uber, but it took some time for him to even think about considering it. It wasn’t until former CEO Travis Kalanick resigned and Dara Khosrowshahi stepped in as the top executive that West believed Uber was truly dedicated to a turnaround – something he knew he had to be part of.

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