Uber’s top lawyer is stepping aside from overseeing the company’s day-to-day legal operations.
Salle Yoo will become the company’s Chief Legal Officer, company CEO Travis Kalanick wrote in an email to employees. Uber is now looking for a general counsel to replace Yoo and manage its daily legal battles, he said.
An Uber representative confirmed the email, but declined to comment on it.
In her new role, Yoo will be working closely with Uber’s HR chief, Liane Hornsey, on the company’s cultural shift. Yoo has been known for being a passionate advocate for equal pay in the company and has a reputation for asking HR to rerun offer letters if she doesn’t think it represents equal pay.
The move comes as the ride-hailing company faces legal controversies on multiple fronts, including a high-profile case against Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet.
You’ll find the email below.
Wanted to share some news with all of you, in the thread below. After nearly 5 years leading our Legal team, Salle Yoo will be stepping into a new role as Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. We will begin an external search for a General Counsel to lead day to day direction and operation of the legal and regulatory teams.
Salle has been a passionate advocate for women and diversity at Uber. In her new role, she will work closely with A-team, and Liane in particular, to help drive critical company initiatives like equal pay, increasing diversity in our business, and building a strong cultural foundation for the future of Uber.
Please join me in congratulating her. I know she’ll do great things in this new role.
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