Chief Counsel and Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products The Walt Disney Company
Licensed to practice law in England, Wales, Ireland, and EU, and a licensed U.S. attorney admitted to the New York Bar
Northumbria University (England) 1995
Post Grad Diploma, legal practice
Northumbria University, 1994
LLB (Hons), Law
Louise Pentland serves as Chief Counsel and Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment of The Walt Disney Company. In this role, she oversees all legal and regulatory matters for the segment’s businesses, including six theme park-resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia; a top-rated cruise line; a popular vacation ownership program; an award-winning guided family adventure business; and Disney’s global consumer production operations, which include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and application; the world’s largest children’s print publisher; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.
Previously, Louise served on PayPal’s Senior Leadership Team as a counselor and senior advisor, supporting the company’s executive team and Board on key strategic priorities. From 2015 through 2021, Louise served as PayPal’s Executive Vice President, Chief Business Affairs & Legal Officer, a role in which she oversaw the company’s global Legal, Corporate Affairs and Board functions, as well as matters relating to PayPal’s Environmental, Social and Governance strategy and impact. From 2019 through mid-2021, Louise also led the company’s Human Resources function.
Having spent 20 years as a senior executive at innovative global technology companies, Louise brings a global understanding of business, law, HR, leadership, innovation and culture to her role on PayPal’s Senior Leadership Team. Before joining PayPal, Louise served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Nokia Corporation where she managed a team of more than 400 lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals and support staff working in more than 30 countries. During this time, she led M&A integration and ran an intellectual property P&L in excess of one billion euros annually. Early in her career, Louise was an in-house lawyer at Avon Cosmetics, worked in a law firm in England, and taught corporate law and business as a law professor for two colleges in the UK.
Louise has been a member of the Experian board of directors since November 2022, The Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA) since March 2022 and Hitachi Ltd’s board of directors since 2015. She was a board member of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley’s board from 2016 to 2022, served a two-year term on the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s board from 2018 to 2020, and Nokia Siemens Networks from 2012 to 2014.
Louise holds an LLB (hons) law degree and is licensed to practice law in England, Wales, Ireland, and is a licensed attorney admitted to the New York bar.
Pacific Life Responsibilities
Ms. Pentland is a director of Pacific Mutual Holding Company and serves on the Governance and Nominating and Audit Committees.