Just who is Peggy Alford? In the past couple years she has been elected to the boards of three major corporations – The Macerich Co., SoFi and now Facebook. Peggy is an accountant by training getting her start with Arthur Andersen upon graduating from the University of Dayton in 1993.
Currently she serves as PayPal’s Senior Vice President of Core Markets where she leads the Company’s commercial teams in its largest and most established markets, including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Australia. Prior to PayPal she was the CFO and Head of Operations for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
A working mother, Peggy has been candid when voicing personal perspectives on work-life balance. “Balance can be extremely difficult for working mothers trying to find that happy medium of continuing to advance their careers and doing what they feel they need to do at home. Often women will opt out or feel like they can’t seek out that next big opportunity because it may take away from their responsibilities at home.”
Her entry into executive leadership in the tech industry began with eBay, which she joined in 2002 as the Director of Accounting Policy, later being promoted to eBay Marketplace Controller. She then moved on to Rent.com where she spent the next seven years eventually rising to President and General Manager.
Peggy has been known in inner circles as a thoughtful and deliberate business executive often providing keen operational insights. She states regarding her election to Facebook’s board, “What excites me about the opportunity to join Facebook’s board is the company’s drive and desire to face hard issues head-on while continuing to improve on the amazing connection experiences they have built over the years,” she continues. “I look forward to working with Mark and the other directors as the company builds new and inspiring ways to help people connect and build community.”