Uber Technologies Inc. announced on Thursday that as it accelerates toward a projected initial public offering in 2019, it will be adding longtime Covington & Burling partner Keir Gumbs as associate general counsel, corporate transactions and deputy corporate secretary.
In an internal memo shared with Corporate Counsel, Uber CLO Tony West, who will be Gumbs’ direct supervisor, said he looks forward to working with the new hire.
“As we continue on our path to IPO, Keir will play a critical role in making sure we have the right governance and compliance framework in place. I’m confident Keir’s breadth of experience fits the bill perfectly, and we’ll all benefit from his optimistic leadership,” West said.
In Gumbs’ time at Covington, the memo said, he advised clients on many issues related to corporate governance, compliance, securities and transactions. He was previously with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as counsel to Commissioner Roel Campos.
Gumbs was not immediately available for comment on the hire.
West wrote in the internal memo that Hamblet, who worked at Uber for the past four years, has “decided to take some well-deserved time off.”
“Todd has made an incredible impact on the legal team and beyond, leading us through countless fundraising rounds, corporate transactions and board meetings. We wish him the very best,” West wrote.
The Gumbs hire is another link between Uber and Covington. The company’s legal department already employs another high-profile Covington alum. In March, Uber announced that firm partner Tammy Albarran would be the ride-sharing company’s deputy general counsel.
While at Covington, Albarran helped former U.S. attorney general turned Covington partner Eric Holder with a three-month investigation into Uber’s work culture after complaints surfaced about sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. Uber then issued a report saying it had accepted the recommendations of the Covington investigators and would implement reforms.
Other new Uber legal hires announced in the last month alone include Ruby Zefo, who was named as the company’s chief privacy officer, and Scott Schools, a former U.S. Department of Justice official who was named the company’s chief compliance officer.