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Meet the New GC at Dropbox

June 7, 2016, 3:46 PM

The file-sharing and data storage company Dropbox has announced a new incoming general counsel.

The company’s head of legal and regulatory affairs Bart Volkmer will assume the role of general counsel on June 20, as the current GC Ramsey Homsany is stepping down. Recode reported that the company sent an internal memo announcing the news on Monday.

In a statement, the company said: “Ramsey has been an integral part of Dropbox and helped us build an amazing company. We’re all sad to see a beloved leader go, but we’re excited to promote Bart Volkmer as our new General Counsel.”

Neither Volkmer nor Homsany were available for comment.

Both Volkmer and Homsany were once associates at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Volkmer, who joined Dropbox in 2011, previously spent eight years at Wilson Sonsini, according to his LinkedIn bio. While there where he litigated the landmark copyright case in which YouTube and Viacom battle. The case resulted in a ruling that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act provides Google ‘safe harbor’ from infringement claims when users upload copyright-protected material to YouTube.

Homsany’s background is in technology and licensing deals, as well as commercial negotiations, according to a profile in the New York University School of Law alumni features’ page. He started as general counsel at Dropbox five years ago, when the company was still in its infancy. Previously, he spent eight years at Google.

No word yet on where Homsany will land but the company said he plans to stay on as an advisor. Check back for updates.

Dropbox is currently in a transitional phase: The company recently announced it hit 500 million users and jopes to expand beyond file-sharing and develop its own enterprise cloud to compete with Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others. In May, it also added Paul Jacobs, the executive chairman and former CEO of Qualcomm to its board.

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