Susan is a global business executive recognised for her successful track record of driving innovation and accelerating revenue growth. Currently Executive Vice President for CSIRO US where she recently opened and manages the innovation center in Silicon Valley. CSIRO is Australia’s pre-eminent national science organization and has longstanding relationships with Global 1000 corporations, world class philanthropic institutions such as The Gates Foundation, Boeing and The World Bank.
Previously Innovation Advisor to Siemens Technology to Business, she deepened strategic relationships with the innovation ecosystem. As innovation advisor to KLA-Tencor, she helped to structure and grow their innovation partner program. As Global CEO at Great Place to Work Institute, she re-positioned the brand and increased annual revenues by 30 per cent. As CEO of SVForum, she established long term relationships with corporations such as Microsoft and IBM, leading venture firms such as Norwest Venture Partners and Accel, and global service providers such as PWC and Accenture. Throughout her career, she has advised hundreds of early stage start-ups in addition to sitting on Boards.
After receiving her MBA from The Wharton School, her early career was spent in consumer goods in the US with General Mills and in France with Cartier International, Ray-Ban before founding her own company, Clear- Day, a business accelerator long before they become ubiquitous. She also founded the European chapter of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, now Watermark, and grew the organization to over 300 members.
Public recognition includes numerous awards, most recently from Frost & Sullivan, and speaking engagements such as TedX Youth, The Global Corporate Venture & Innovation Summit.
Susan is passionate about sports – a former college athlete (field hockey, squash), current Masters Rower with BIAC and die-hard Warriors fan – as are her four daughters, all of whom were college athletes and continue to pursue their activities alongside their careers. Her commitment to women athletes and support of young women as they pursue their careers has been a personal mission, and she’s excited to join the WIST Board.