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A Conversation with Pinterest CEO Bill Ready and CLO Wanji Walcott

Bill Ready, Wanji Walcott, and Wanji Walcott

Bill Ready, Wanji Walcott, and Wanji Walcott

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A Conversation with Pinterest CEO Bill Ready and CLO Wanji Walcott featuring Bill Ready, CEO of Pinterest and Wanji Walcott, Pinterest Chief Legal, Business Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary, in conversation with Donna Zarcone, independent corporate director and former CEO.  Topics will include the evolution of Pinterest’s strategy and its vision for the future, how artificial intelligence is impacting Pinterest and technology companies, the working relationship between a CEO and CLO, how lawyers can pursue a career path in the corporate sector, and more.

Bill Ready, Chief Executive Officer

William Ready serves as Pinterest's Chief Executive Officer and as a Director on the company's board since June 29, 2022. Previously, he was the president of commerce payments & next billion users at Google from January 2020 until June 2022. Prior to joining Google, Mr. Ready was PayPal’s executive vice president and chief operating officer from October 2016 through July 2019 and continued as executive vice president through December 2019 during the transition until he departed PayPal. Prior to that, he was PayPal senior vice president, global head, product and engineering from July 2015 to September 2016 and he continued to lead Braintree operations while in various roles at PayPal following PayPal’s acquisition of Braintree in December 2013. From October 2011 to December 2013, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Braintree, a mobile and web payment system company acquired by PayPal. Prior to Braintree, Mr. Ready was executive in residence at Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital and growth equity firm. Mr. Ready also served as president of iPay Technologies from 2008 to 2011. He also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he advised leading financial technology companies. Mr. Ready is currently a senior advisor and limited partner of Silverstone Capital Partners, and a director of William Sonoma and ADP. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Finance from University of Louisville and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Wanji Walcott, Chief Legal, Business Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary

Wanji Walcott joined Pinterest as Chief Legal, Business Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary in 2022. Wanji oversees the ethics and compliance, legal, corporate affairs, public policy and trust and safety teams at Pinterest. Previously, she was Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Discover Financial Services, where she led the legal organization, ESG programs and government relations, and co-led the company’s innovation initiative. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel at PayPal.

Wanji holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Howard University and a Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law.

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