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Uber hires Pepsi exec as new chief legal officer

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Uber has hired Pepsi executive Tony West as its new chief legal counsel, replacing Salle Yoo, the company said on Friday. In an email to employees, new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi emphasized West's recognition of focus on building diverse teams, an area the company has said is a new emphasis after a string of sexual harassment and discrimination controversies.

Who: West was previously EVP of government affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Pepsi. Before that, West worked at the Department of Justice under President Obama.