Santa Clara University


Chris Paisley

Dean's Executive Professor of Accounting

paisley-resized-roundedChristopher B. Paisley has served as Dean’s Executive Professor of Accounting at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University since January 2001. Mr. Paisley retired from his position as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for 3Com Corporation in May 2000. Paisley joined 3Com Corporation in September 1985 as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. During his 15 years at 3Com, the company grew from $50M a year in sales to nearly $6B a year in sales, ranking in the top 300 on the May 2000 Fortune 500 list. 

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Paisley was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Ridge Computers, a scientific workstation manufacturer, from May 1982 to September 1985. Previously, he was employed by Hewlett-Packard Company for five years in a variety of accounting and finance positions. 

Mr. Paisley has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and a member of the Board of Directors for Ambarella, Equinix, Fitbit, Fortinet, and YuMe. Paisley serves as the Lead Independent Director at Equinix and Fortinet. Mr. Paisley serves as Chair of the Audit Committee at all five companies. He also serves as a member of the Compensation Committee at Fortinet, the Real Estate and Governance Committees at Equinix, the Compensation and Nominating/Governance Committees at Fitbit, and the Nominating/Governance Committee at YuMe. 

Previously Mr. Paisley served on the Board of Directors for 3Par, Applied Digital Access, Aspect Telecommunications, Bridge Bank, Brocade, Control 4, Electronics for Imaging, Legato Systems, Persistence Software, Riverstone Networks, Silicon Image, Volterra and WJ Communications. He served as the Chairman of the Board at Silicon Image and Volterra, and as Lead Independent Director at Control 4.

September 2015




Phone 408-551-7144


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