Wanji Walcott

by Justin Cates
Wanji Walcott
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
Discover Financial Services

Wanji Walcott is the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Discover Financial Services.

In this role, Walcott leads Discover’s corporate legal function, which plays a critical role in advising on corporate and product strategies, as well as managing litigation and legislative & regulatory affairs.

Walcott, an accomplished business executive and legal expert in global payments platforms, joined Discover today as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel and a member of the Executive Committee.

Walcott joined Discover from PayPal, where she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel and has led the company’s global legal organization.

Walcott launched the PayPal pro bono program and has held leadership roles in initiatives to promote employee development and diversity & inclusion, including the launch of PayPal’s Black Employee network and serving as global executive sponsor of PayPal’s Women’s Employee network.

Prior to PayPal, Walcott spent 13 years with American Express, where she last served as Senior Vice President, Managing Counsel for Global Legal Support in Payments, ecommerce/social media initiatives and data security.

Walcott received a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University.

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