Meet the New General Counsel at Pinterest

By William Vogeler, Esq. on March 13, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Pinterest has hired as new general counsel Christine Flores, who had been working as Google's vice president of legal.

Flores worked for Google 10 years and led several corporate teams, including mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance, real estate, and ethics and compliance. At Pinterest, she will lead the company's legal and public policy teams.

"Christine is a proven leader with a decade of experience in corporate law, and has tackled some of the most challenging projects in the business world -- from the Alphabet reorganization to large international acquisitions and investments," Pinterest cofounder and CEO Ben Silbermann said in a statement.

Replacing Michael Yang

Flores replaces Michael Yang, who was the company's first general counsel. He announced in November that he was leaving to pursue work in public policy, where he began his career.

Before Google, Flores was an associate at Proskauer Rose and Skadden Arps, where she advised companies on corporate matters. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Southern California. Silbermann said Flores is a good match for Pinterest.

"Her passion for the product and belief in our mission to help people discover ideas that improve their everyday lives made Christine a strong match," he said. "We are committed to building our company for the long-term, and Christine will be an influential part of making that happen."

Worlds' Catalog of Ideas

Pinterest, advertised as "the world's catalog of ideas," reported about $300 million in revenue last year. The web company has more than 150 million users on its pages each month.

Industry watchers say that Pinterest, while operating below Facebook's numbers, is very adept at converting visitors into buyers. For many kinds of products, TechCrunch reported, Pinterest uses marketing tools that touch users at every point in a purchasing life cycle.

The company was recently valued by investors at $11 billion and has raised $1.3 billion in funding to date from investors.

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