SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LeEco, a leading global Internet technology company, has named Joshua McGuire Vice President and General Counsel overseeing all aspects of LeEco’s U.S. legal affairs and intellectual property protection. McGuire will play a key role in LeEco’s plans to bring its vertically integrated ecosystem to U.S. consumers. The Le Ecosystem consists of platform, content, applications and smart devices, including an electric car, aimed at delivering a great user experience and disrupting existing industry models.
“I’ve had a front row seat to some of the most innovative and groundbreaking initiatives within the mobile industry, but the pioneering vision and pace of disruption that exists at LeEco is truly remarkable,” said McGuire. “LeEco is primed to fulfill the broken promises that tech companies have been making for over twenty years – a truly integrated and seamless experience that combines smart devices, applications, a cloud infrastructure and content. I am excited and privileged to join LeEco at such a pivotal moment in its history.”
McGuire spent the last seven years as Google's lead legal counsel responsible for its mobile and Android patent strategy during the mobile patent wars. He successfully led a team to complete complex and high-stakes, multi-billion dollar IP transactions including M&A, licensing, and patent portfolio acquisitions.
McGuire earned his law degree from University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and a bachelor of science in Computer Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. In 2014, McGuire was named a rising star among US Corporate Counsel by The Legal 500 and was a recipient of the 2014 Deal of Distinction awarded by the Licensing Executives Society (LES) for representing Google in Lenovo’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google.
“No company in the world has a business model like LeEco – spanning and disrupting multiple industries with a seamlessly integrated ecosystem of content and connected devices,” said Shawn Williams, Chief Administrative Officer of LeEco. “The complexity of our business demands the highest caliber legal counsel and Josh is exactly the person we need to guide us through our entry into the U.S. market.”
McGuire is the latest key executive to join the growing leadership team for LeEco’s U.S. business. In April, LeEco announced that Williams joined the company as Chief Administrative Officer along with Danny Bowman who joined as Smart Device (Mobile) Chief Revenue Officer. Both previously held executive positions at Samsung.
In April, LeEco held a ribbon cutting ceremony and media event establishing its North American headquarters in San Jose, an 80,000 square foot facility that can support as many as 800 new employees. The headquarters will also be the future home of LeEco’s autonomous driving research center, the LeFuture AI Institute. Earlier this year at CES, LeEco previewed its consumer devices and announced major partnerships with Aston Martin, Faraday Future, Qualcomm and Major League Baseball. Most recently the company revealed its LeSEE electric vehicle concept car at the Beijing Auto Show.
LeEco is a leading global technology company that provides breakthrough experiences through its open, integrated ecosystem of streaming content, platforms, and smart devices that fit perfectly into a broad spectrum of lifestyles. LeEco opens new opportunities for consumers, by offering a jaw-dropping array of next-generation tech and content spanning smartphones, TVs, sports, film, live entertainment and connected mobility. LeEco was recently named one of Fast Company’s 2016 “Most Innovative Companies,” and Alphr’s “Best of Mobile World Congress - Most Innovative Company.” To learn more, visit LeEco’s official website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.