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Past Event: 4/24/24

Meet the Leader Webinar


Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

The Women Leadership Committee at the FACC San Francisco held an inspiring “Meet The Leader” session with Elisa de Martel, CFO at Waymo.

This was a great opportunity to highlight an outstanding female career in finance in the technology industry!

Elisa de Martel shared her path, challenges and career as a Finance executive expert and answered the following questions:

  • Why did she choose to pursue her financial career in the technology industry?  

  • How is it to work in a nascent industry, such as autonomous vehicles, where investment in innovation and research is a key?

  • What are the challenges and opportunities compared to another industry?

  • What’s her advice as a French professional in the Bay area?

  • What’s her advice for women looking to pursue a career in finance or in the technology industry ?

Meet the Speaker:

Elisa de Martel

Chief Financial Officer


Elisa de Martel is an accomplished Finance executive expert with broad experience in the technology industry including connected hardware as she worked at Apple for 11 years. She has a proven track record of building finance teams to high performance standards and a track record of providing key financial insights to Top Executives to advise on business strategies.

As Chief Financial Officer of Waymo, the world’s first autonomous ride-hailing service funded by Alphabet, Silver Lake, CPPIB…, Elisa de Martel is responsible for all the finance functions, indirect procurement, Business Systems and facilities. She is leading the cross-functional strategic planning driving both growth and path to profitability at the crucial inflection point when the company is moving from R&D to commercial scale.

Previously, under her tenure as Chief Financial Officer of Carbon Inc, a 3D printing Digital Manufacturing Platform at the intersection of Hardware, Software and Materials funded by Sequoia, Google Venture and strategic investors, annual revenue grew from $15M to $100M+, and Gross Margin improved by 60 ppts+. Carbon’s CEO and Elisa de Martel led investor roadshow leading to $260M Series E funding, Test the Waters campaigns with prospective investors as well as regular investor updates.

As the Manufacturing Finance Director for all products at Apple, Inc. Elisa de Martel was responsible for a multi-billion-dollar Tooling budget; ROI analysis, and CEO approvals. She played a key stakeholder role in the expansion of the refurb business across lines of business and across channels.

As the Worldwide Financial Planning & Analysis Senior Manager at Apple, she was in charge of the worldwide P&L including analytics used for the Earnings calls as well as Long-Term planning. She was part of the presentation and discussion of analytics with the CEO of Apple and his executive team.

Elisa de Martel started her career at PwC as accounting and financial auditor working in France and Spain. She also spent 7 years with Citroen, French automobile car maker, in both Sales Finance and Supply and Distribution working in France and in the UK before moving to the US.


About Waymo:

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since our start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building the Waymo Driver—The World’s Most Experienced DriverTM—to improve everyone’s access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes.

Waymo LLC, formerly known as the Google Self-Driving Car Project, is an American autonomous driving technology company headquartered in Mountain View, California. It is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc, the parent company of Google.  

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