Paul Clancy

Paul Clancy

  • Visiting Senior Lecturer

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  • Corporate Finance
  • Finance


Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

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Paul Clancy joins the faculty after 35 years of industry experience. Paul is a Visiting Senior Lecturer of Finance at the SC Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He will instruct the Corporate Finance Immersion practicum.

Prior to his arrival to Johnson, Paul worked in the biotech industry for the last twenty years and spent over thirteen 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 it's products and pipeline. During his tenure, Biogen grew total return to shareholders at a 20% compound annual growth rate - the top decile of S&P 500 companies. He has broad financial and strategic experience in strategic planning, financial management, capital allocation, M&A, business development, and investor relations.

Paul worked for PepsiCo early in his career across finance, strategy, and general management roles.

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.

Paul was also awarded honorable mention by Women in the Enterprise of Science & Technology in 2018 in the category of "Guys Who Get It".

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

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 years reside outside of Boston. They have three children.

Recent Courses

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