Fellow, Stanford Law School and Emeritus Co-Director Stanford’s Directors’ College
Daniel Siciliano is a successful technology entrepreneur, an independent director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and a recognized expert in corporate governance, capital financial markets, technological disruption (including fintech, AI and cybersecurity), and executive compensation.
From 2001 to 2015, Siciliano was co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000, several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private software companies in the US, and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fastest growing) lists for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software/Thoma Bravo in 2015. Total aggregate returns to all investors exceeded $100,000,000.
Siciliano is qualified as an audit committee financial expert under NYSE Manual Section 303A.07(a). He serves on the audit and finance committees and as chair of the governance committee of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBSF). The bank, with total assets in excess of $100 billion, is one of the largest liquidity providers and public debt issuers in the world. Though FHLBSF is subject to SEC public company filing requirements (NYSE rules), it is structured as a federally regulated private bank mutual cooperative owned by both publicly traded and private banking institutions.
Siciliano is a Fellow at Stanford Law School, Emeritus Co-Director of Stanford’s Directors’ College, Co-Chair of the We Robot Conference on AI/Robotics, Law, and Policy, and is the immediate past faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Along with Joe Grundfest, Larry Kramer, Dave Larcker and Rob Daines, he co-founded the Rock Center in 2006 and, as a Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School, led the Center until 2017. His teaching includes Finance, Corporate Governance, and a two-part Stanford Venture Capital series. He has served as faculty director for dozens of custom executive education programs in more than 20 countries including extended engagements and involvement with Fortune 1000 executives and board members throughout Asia, the Middle East, Latin America (including South America) and Europe. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and for 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance.
Siciliano is a co-founder and board member of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX), Chairman of the national non-partisan American Immigration Council, past-President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #1057, and an active member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Association and board member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Education Foundation.
In 2017, Siciliano founded Optemy, a new type of technology consultancy that trains and advises boards and executives on topics of disruption/change management, the impact of autonomous (AI/ML/robotic) systems and innovations, related executive compensation and multi-generational talent management strategies, corporate compliance, and technological competitiveness and security. As CEO of Optemy, he leads more than a dozen affiliated experts and academics who serve clients in 10 countries across four continents. Individually and through Optemy, Siciliano has served as a strategy consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of more than a dozen Fortune 1000 companies (including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney, Entergy, Tesla and Applied Materials), and is an angel investor and consultant to several firms and companies in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, India, and Latin America. He is a native Spanish speaker and his personal interests include general aviation and space sciences, the culinary specialties of the Oaxaca region of Mexico, and marine biology. He lives in Los Altos, California with his family.