Tech giant Google appointed veteran lawyer Halimah DeLaine Prado to serve as general counsel, Fortune reports.
DeLaine Prado is a 14-year veteran lawyer at Google, previously serving as head of the company’s product legal team. Prior to that, she practiced media law and product liability law in Philadelphia. In her new role, she will work closely with Google’s SVP of global affairs Kent Walker, who is in charge of guiding the political and legal responses for the company.
The Georgetown Law graduate’s appointment comes during an intense time for the company. Recently, Google has been under fire, undergoing multiple antitrust investigations from governments across the globe while also being overwhelmed by internal allegations of racism and sexism. David Drummond, chief legal officer of parent company Alphabet, was recently ousted after allegations of romantic liaisons with subordinates and complaints from employees regarding a culture of inappropriate behavior from senior men.
As new general counsel, DeLaine Prado will become part of an elite group of Black women occupying the role at a Fortune 500 company, which includes Rhonda Ferguson of railroad company Union Pacific and Deneen Donnley of energy company Con Edison. An organization representing Black corporate lawyers say its goal is to have 100 general counsels at Fortune 1000 companies by 2025.
“Google has been my home for nearly 14 years, allowing me to work on some of the most complex and important legal issues of the digital age with a world-class legal team,” DeLaine Prado said.
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