Byron Pollitt

Byron Pollitt retired from Visa Inc. in 2015, most recently serving as executive vice president and CFO of the San Francisco based credit card processor. During his tenure, Visa completed the then largest IPO in U.S. history and was named one of the 30 companies comprising the Dow Jones Index. Before joining Visa, Pollitt was the executive vice president and CFO of Gap Inc., the global specialty apparel retailer.  Previously, he spent 13 years in various roles at The Walt Disney Company, including executive vice president and CFO of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, where he was responsible for all theme parks and resorts worldwide. Over the course of his career, he was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the 25 best S&P 500 CFOs; ranked seven times by Institutional Investor as a top CFO in Specialty Retailing, Consumer Finance and Computer Services; and received the Bay Area CFO Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pollitt earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of California at Riverside and his Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He currently serves on the board of Voya Financial, Inc., and the Finance Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

He is married to Teresa Pollitt (a USC Marshall MBA alumna) and has three daughters and a son-in-law who are USC graduates. Teresa and Byron were former SDA ambassadors for the Bay Area. In 2016, Byron, Teresa and their daughter Alice (BFA 2015, Stage Management) created the first endowed professorship at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. The creation of the Alice M. Pollitt Professorship in Stage Management is the first naming gift of a stage management professorship in the nation.