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David C. Farrell

Former Chief Compliance Officer, Yahoo Inc.
Adjunct Faculty, Santa Clara University School of Law
Sunnyvale, CA, USA


David Farrell is a Lecturer in Law at Santa Clara University Law School, where he is helping to develop an online masters degree program in corporate ethics and compliance.

David has twenty years of experience as a Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Yahoo, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc., where he built and led the first ethics and compliance programs for both companies.  His experience includes: advising executive management and the Board of Directors regarding business conduct and corporate compliance issues; promoting global awareness and consistent enforcement of ethics and compliance policies; establishing resources for employees to identify, report and resolve business conduct issues; managing global investigations; resolving conflicts of interest; and, working with management to coordinate global corporate compliance initiatives.

David's professional experience also includes working in a number of legal positions at Fortune 500 technology companies and serving as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant and Judge Advocate.  He has been a frequent speaker at legal education and compliance programs (including Practicing Law Institute, American Conference Institute and Compliance Week) and a media spokesperson on ethics and compliance topics (including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Compliance Week).

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