Debby Hopkins

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust


Debby Hopkins is an Independent Board Member, and an active advisor in the Silicon Valley startup community. Her C suite experiences in finance, technology and innovation across multiple industries allow her to bring a unique view to support management teams in pursuit of growth.

She is a Member of the Board of Directors at Union Pacific, Marsh & McLennan, and VentureWell. Also, Debby is an Advisory Board Member at Riverwood Capital and Stanford Technology Ventures Program and an Executive Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Based in Silicon Valley since 2010 Debby founded and was CEO of Citi Ventures, and Citi’s Chief Innovation Officer. Debby and her team introduced a systematic process into Citi to manage and respond to the digital disruption engendered by the many new competitors and technologies emerging in financial services. This included a robust venture investing program, sponsorship of a global network of labs, and the implementation of a growth operating system across the enterprise named d10x.

Debby joined Citi in 2003 as Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A. She served as Chief Operations & Technology Officer and later as a senior advisor to Citi’s Investment Bank focused on winning tech IPOs, including VMware, Palo Alto Networks, Arista and Qliktech. She co-founded Citi Women, playing a key role in developing programs for high potential women.

She has served as Chief Financial Officer at The Boeing Company and Lucent Technologies. She was General Auditor at General Motors, and VP of Finance at GM Europe in Zurich; General Manager Information Services and formerly Corporate Controller, at Unisys. She started her career at Ford.

Debby previously served on the Boards of DuPont, and Qlik Technologies. Fortune twice placed Debby in the top 10 most powerful women in business, and she has been on the Institutional Investor’s Top 50 list every year since 2011. Debby holds honorary doctorate degrees from Westminster College and Walsh College.

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