Executive Vice President, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, PayPal  Inc. 


Louise Pentland joined PayPal in 2015 after 16 years at Nokia, where, as Chief Legal Officer, she helped lead the company's merger with Microsoft. She is active in pro bono work, representing victims of domestic violence and unaccompanied children seeking asylum, and in 2016 received the National Legal Aid & Defender Association's Exemplar Award. She has also been named one of 60 “Women Leaders in Tech Law” and “General Counsel of the Year” for her work with PayPal.  

“There's enough data that supports the measurement of what diversity and inclusion brings, the success it brings,” Louise said of diverse teams. “If you start by just even reading the data, then it becomes a no-brainer that you don't want to work with people that don't have diversity.”

PayPal is committed to building an inclusive workforce, focusing particularly on increasing representation of women, African Americans, and Hispanics. In 2016, the company achieved 99.97 percent global gender pay parity

Joined LCLD 2017 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated: 
2021: Emily McElravy, Daniela Emde, 2020: Kristine Saul, Shannon Harell; 2019: Flavia Zametto, Jennifer Speargas; 2018: Alice Chung, Ripal Patel; 2017: Carla Boddy, Jennifer Racine

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2021: Jinzy Zhu, Alicia Broughel; 2020: Jeremy Jones, Alyse Katz; 2019: Olga Stanswell, Christine Deugwillo; 2018: Liz Alspector, Raquel Buckley; 2017: Michael Barnett

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted:
2021: Krystal Lin, Livia Katroshi; 2020: Thomas Jung, Sarah Nicolas; 2019: Anita Inagandla, Wesley Choi

Success in Law School Mentoring Program 
Mentors provided: 2020

Leadership Summit (2018)

Member: Louise Pentland

Diversity Professional & Communications:
Lauren Giammona