Wanji Walcott to join Pinterest as Chief Legal Officer
Today we are announcing Wanji Walcott will be joining Pinterest as Chief Legal Officer on November 14. Wanji will join Pinterest’s executive team and report directly to CEO, Bill Ready.
In her role at Pinterest, Wanji will be responsible for Legal, Compliance and Public Policy. She brings a wealth of expertise, with almost 25 years of experience as in-house counsel, a deep global perspective and a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion.
“I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous impact Wanji has had on the businesses and communities that she has served,” said Bill Ready, CEO at Pinterest. “Wanji believes in our mission at Pinterest and is excited about the culture we are continuing to build within our teams. She is the right fit for our organization, and I am excited about the expertise, leadership and passion Wanji will bring to Pinterest.”
Wanji will be joining us from Discover Financial Services where she was the Chief Legal Officer, managing the legal and government relations organizations, co-leading the company’s innovation initiative and working closely with the board of directors on strategy and risk management protocol.
Prior to Discover, Wanji was General Counsel at PayPal and previously led a team that provided strategic legal support for the Global Product & Engineering group there. Wanji holds a JD and BA from Howard University.
Wanji is very active in the community on a variety of issues. For the last 18 years, she has served on not-for-profit boards, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association where she is board chair; the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; the Chicago Botanic Garden; the Economic Club of Chicago; and the Frederick Gunn School. Wanji is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the nation’s premier membership organization for Black executives.
“It's an exciting time to be joining Pinterest, as I have personally found enriching ideas and inspiration on the Pinterest platform and look forward to joining Bill Ready and the rest of the talented team to drive the next phase of growth,” said Wanji.
She will succeed Christine Flores, who has served as General Counsel since 2017.