Executive Chair, Diligent Institute.
Lisa Edwards is the Executive Chair of Diligent Institute, the modern governance think tank and global research arm of Diligent Corporation. In her role, Lisa is responsible for expanding the Institute’s position as the leading authority on governance, risk, compliance, audit and ESG trends and insights.
Lisa previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Diligent Corporation, where she was responsible for commercial growth and performance, including global sales, marketing, customer success, services, partnerships and 24/7/365 worldwide support.
Before joining Diligent, Lisa served as EVP of Strategic Business Operations at Salesforce after a finance leadership role running Global Corporate Services. Prior to Salesforce, Lisa led global strategic partnerships for Visa, Inc. as SVP/Head of Global Strategic Alliances and Global IP Strategy and earlier served in an operations role as Head of Global Corporate Services. Earlier in her career, she was a serial entrepreneur, serving as CEO of KnowledgeX, a venture-backed database startup which she led in a sale to IBM and co-founder of Valubond, a fintech firm where she served as President, COO, and head of the ATS (Alternative Trading System) prior to its acquisition by Knight Capital.
Lisa serves on the Board of Directors of Colgate-Palmolive and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Stanford University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.