Walter Lim

Board of Director, 

Chinese Historical Society of America

Walter Lim is a retired financial executive with over thirty-five years of financial management experience having worked in high tech companies ranging in size from Fortune 50 to startups with less than fifteen employees. In those settings, he has had roles as CFO, Corporate Controller, Treasurer, Director of Strategic and Financial Planning and Analysis. Among the enterprises where Walter has worked are IBM, Synopsys and Informatica. During the latter part of his professional career, he provided consulting CFO services to VC-funded startups in sectors such as biotechnology, software, internet infrastructure and applications and professional services. Walter received his A.B. degree from University of California at Berkeley in 1971, and earned his M.Sc. degree from the University of California Los Angeles in Health Services Planning in 1973 and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1983.

Nonprofit Experience: His early participation in volunteer activities included youth group advisor and member of the Housing Committee of the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown which developed a 185 unit HUD-funded project in San Francisco’s Chinatown. More recently, Walter has served as Program Leader / Board member for the Friends of Roots non-profit organization which assists Chinese Americans in researching and traveling to their ancestral villages in China. Walter volunteers for the Alumni Consulting Team of the Stanford Business School providing Bay Area non-profit organizations with pro-bono assistance.

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