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Ex-Tesla Attorney Joins Agriculture Robot Start-Up Iron Ox (1)

Dec. 7, 2021, 4:07 PMUpdated: Dec. 7, 2021, 8:14 PM

Iron Ox Inc., which makes robots for agriculture, said Tuesday it named former Tesla Inc. lawyer Myra Pasek as its first general counsel.

Pasek was Tesla’s second in-house lawyer and briefly led the company’s European, Middle Eastern, and African public relations. She left her associate general counsel job at Tesla to take general counsel roles with Impossible Foods Inc. and Outster Inc. before joining Iron Ox.

Pasek will build Iron Ox’s in-house legal team and work on issues such as contracts, privacy, government relations, and intellectual property. “My passion is really the environment and trying to mitigate climate change,” she said in an interview.

Myra Pasek

San Carlos, Calif.-based Iron Ox produces robots that grow and care for crops in greenhouses called “grow houses” and fulfill the company’s aim to reduce harmful environmental effects of agriculture. That process includes optimizing everything from amounts of fertilizer to transportation between the greenhouses and grocery stories, Pasek said.

In her previous roles with Tesla and Impossible Foods, Pasek said she frequently worked on federal regulations on things like car and food safety. Pasek in June 2020 told Bloomberg Law that the Tesla environment was “gratifying” under CEO Elon Musk’s driven and clear leadership.

“I’ve never had as much fun as I did at Tesla,” she said at the time. “It was truly an exciting place to work.”

Pasek later became the first general counsel at Impossible Foods in 2012, which offers meat alternatives. She was most recently general counsel of Ouster, which builds lidar sensors for drones, vehicles and security systems.

“Myra’s rare combination of experience in food, transport, lidar and robotics makes her a stellar addition,” Iron Ox CEO Brandon Alexander said in a statement.

Pasek began her career with Latham & Watkins and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. She has also worked for Affymetrix Inc. and K&L Gates.

Iron Ox’s executive hires this year also include Claudia Fulga as vice president of people, David Silver as director of robots, Tom Constantino as chief financial officer, and Chris Matthews as head of marketing.

The company in September closed a $53 million Series C funding round, bringing its total up to $98 million. Breakthrough Energy Ventures led the round.

Pasek said helping companies soon into their development is a “sweet spot” for her. “I love getting in early and helping them bring their great idea to market without having to worry about stumbling on some legal issue,” she said.

(Updates with Pasek interview starting in third paragraph. )

To contact the reporter on this story: Ruiqi Chen in Washington, D.C. at rchen@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com;
John Hughes in Washington at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com