Byron Pollitt is a retired senior executive having served as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for over 20 years. Most recently, Byron was CFO of Visa Inc., the world’s largest retail payments processor, where he helped lead the then largest Initial Public Offering (IPO) in US history as measured by money raised. Prior to that role, he was CFO of both Gap Inc. and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He has been recognized as a top CFO by The Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor, and Fortune Magazine.
Byron currently serves as Director of Voya Financial, Inc., a leading US-based retirement company where he is Chair of the Audit Committee. He is a former Vice Chair of the Finance Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva and is currently a Senior Executive Advisor to the International Division of the American Red Cross. He also serves on the Board of Directors and Trustees of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Board of Councilors for the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California, the Board of Trustees at the University of California-Riverside (UCR), and the Board of Directors of Population Services International, a global health NGO.
Byron earned a BS in Business Economics from UCR and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated with High Distinction and as a Baker Scholar.
At UCR, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award and was an Executive Fellow and commencement speaker at the School of Business.