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Uber has hired Tammy Albarran, who helped lead the investigation into the company’s culture, to replace its deputy general counsel

Uber’s current deputy general counsel Angela Padilla is leaving the company after close to three years.

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Uber has hired Tammy Albarran to replace its longtime deputy general counsel Angela Padilla. Albarran was a partner at law firm Covington & Burling and co-authored the report on Uber’s culture along with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder — also a partner at the firm.

Padilla, who saw the company through a multitude of legal issues and numerous lawsuits, joined Uber in 2015 from tech company VMware. Albarran will report to the company’s chief legal officer, Tony West.

Uber hired Albarran’s law firm to conduct an investigation into its culture in the aftermath of former engineer Susan Fowler’s essay on her experience with sexism and sexual harassment at the company. The report that resulted from it, known as the Holder report, included a series of recommendations for how to rectify the many issues the investigation uncovered.

Uber’s board, at the time, voted unanimously to accept all those recommendations. Those recommendations addressed changes to leadership, board oversight and internal management training, as well as how to determine when to escalate issues to the legal team.

Albarran has been at Covington & Burling since 2007. Before that she spent seven years at Morrison & Foerster, which most recently represented Uber in the Alphabet trial over self-driving trade secrets.

Albarran, who specializes in internal investigations, anti-corruption matters, regulatory investigations and SEC and securities issues, is joining Uber as the company prepares to go public in 2019. She will inherit a series of legal issues the ride-hail behemoth is continuing to grapple with: For instance, Uber is facing fresh lawsuits over its data breach earlier this year and dealt with a number of probes from the U.S. Department of Justice last year.

But smoothing that out ahead of filing for an IPO is of the utmost importance for the embattled ride-hail player.

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