Gugar was previously a Google executive, where he served as the U.S. head of industries for Google Cloud’s deal pursuit organization and led a team which oversaw significant and complex transactions across several industry sectors. Gugar also served as the senior vice president and general counsel of Oprah Winfrey’s privately-held global media company, Harpo, Inc. Gugar oversaw the Harpo, Inc. legal department, heading up negotiation of all company business transactions, contracts and licensing arrangements, as well as managing all litigation, corporate governance procedures, intellectual property and labor matters. Gugar began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as an associate in the corporate group, after which he moved to Bear Stearns & Co., where he served as a Vice President within the Investment Banking Division.