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Donna Hamlin


Dr. Donna Hamlin is a board director, CEO, and Operating Advisor with deep global experience in fintech, technology, software industries and professional services. Her focus is on companies leading innovation. Her expertise includes strategy, business transformation, management, and M&A. Her global governance experience includes work in Europe, Asia and North America. She has a special interest in preparing for IPO transitions. She is certified for global board governance by Harvard University and NACD for public and private board directorship. Recognized for her ability to maximize board effectiveness, her uniter style contributes to high quality ideation and meaningful debate. She leads research and education on governance best practices as founder of Boardwise, Inc.

Donna is an executive with strategic vision, record for implementing creative solutions to complex, culturally diverse global challenges and building competent teams and improve value in companies in more than 48 countries. She has deep experience in business transformation, marketing, strategic planning and operational execution, restructuring, brand breakthroughs, and innovative talent development spanning Global 1000 companies to founding successful early-stage companies. She is a recognized developer of award-winning CASCADE© market research method and inventor of BOARD BONA FIDE™ global governance analytical tools. Donna is a popular global speaker about governance and leadership and is active board director.

Donna presently is the independent director for Daily Pay, Inc, where she chairs the Human Capital Management Committee and serves on the Nom & Gov committee. She works with both public and private boards to establish best practices in governance. During her career, she has served on fourteen boards, including Paramit, U.S., Aussieweb Pty, Ltd., Australia, Boardwise, Inc., U.S., Fresh Bellies, Inc. and Lead Women, SN, Malaysia.

Her passion is to leverage high potential innovation, bringing it to scale to deliver smart, sustainable value to markets, customers, shareholders, and stakeholders.


  • Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • BA Siena College


  • Founder/CEO Boardwise, Inc.

  • Founder, Hamlin Harkins, Ltd.

  • CAO/Section 16 Officer, Trident Microsystems

  • Chief HR Officer/Section 16 Officer, Asyst Techologies

  • SVP, HR Strategy, Citigroup

  • EVP/Organization Performance, Texaco

  • SVP, Strategy, General Electric


Adjunct professor -management, governance and entrepreneurship for:

Harvard, IESE, University of San Francisco, Cal State East Bay, and University of Dallas


International speaker on governance, diversity and innovation.

Published management and social science articles, peer-reviewed cases on current management and governance topics.

Donna Hamlin
  • Management

  • Strategic Planning

  • Change

  • Psychology

  • Analytics

  • Communication

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