Paul Clancy

Paul Clancy

  • Visiting Senior Lecturer

Download Vita

Faculty Area

Faculty Expertise

  • Corporate Finance
  • Finance


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Cornell Directory Entry


Paul is currently on the faculty at Cornell University’s graduate school of business where he teaches the Corporate Finance Immersion (CFI) practicum class for MBA students. He has taught the CFI practicum for the last two years. He is also an Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School serving as a guest speaker in finance classes, and providing support in the new Joint MS/MBA in Life Sciences program.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at four life science companies, including Incyte Pharmaceuticals, Exact Sciences, Agios Pharmaceuticals and Xilio Therapeutics. He also serves on the Finance Committee for Catholic Charities of Boston.

Paul has worked in the biotech industry for the last twenty-two years and spent fourteen years in the consumer products industry. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for Biogen from 2007 through 2017 and also served as the CFO at Alexion Pharmaceuticals from 2017-2019. At Biogen, Paul oversaw rapid growth in the company as it expanded its products and pipeline. During his tenure as CFO, Biogen grew total return to shareholders at a 20% compound annual growth rate - the top decile of S&P 500 companies. Paul worked for PepsiCo for fourteen years subsequent to business school.

He has broad experience in strategic planning, financial management, capital allocation, M&A, business development, and investor relations.

Paul has been recognized in the top three of Biotech CFOs in the Institutional Investor annual survey in all years from 2011-2020. He was awarded the number five Top CFO in the inaugural ranking of Best CFOs by the Wall St Journal, across all industries.

Paul holds an MBA from Columbia University where he was elected into the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society and he holds a BS Finance from Babson College.

Paul and his wife of thirty-two years reside outside of Boston. They have three children.

Recent Courses

  • NBA 5490 - Corporate Finance Immersion/Practicum
  • NMI 5000 - Directed Reading & Research

Academic Degrees

  • MBA Columbia Business School
  • BS Babson College