As a Senior Advisor, Board Governance, at KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, Susan is a frequent writer and speaker on topics of importance to corporate directors. The Board Leadership Center works to champion outstanding corporate governance to drive long term corporate value and enhance investor confidence, engaging with directors, business leaders and experts to help articulate business challenges through a board lens and promote director education and continuous boardroom improvement. She joined KPMG after 25 years in the consumer products industry. In roles including Global Deputy General Counsel and Chief Governance Officer at The Hershey Company and Chief Counsel, US Snacks at Mondelez (then Kraft/Nabisco), she provided legal and business advice and led initiatives that protected value and enabled sustainable global growth of some of the world’s most famous and best-loved brands.
Susan has served as a director on numerous non-profit boards, ranging in size and scope from a tech start-up to the Council of Better Business Bureaus, a national umbrella organization encompassing approximately 100 organizations devoted to instilling marketplace trust among their more than 250,000 member businesses, charities and advertising agencies. She currently serves on two nonprofit boards, as Nonexecutive Chair of Courseworld, a nonprofit technology platform devoted to providing the world’s best liberal arts content online, and as a board member of the Institute for Mindful Leadership.
Susan received her law degree from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Susan is a NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Board Leadership Fellow, and a member of Women Corporate Directors where she chaired the 2016 WCD Thought Leadership Commission on Visionary Boards.