Suzanne is a Strategy Consultant and Senior Advisor focusing on climate change and sustainability and their impact on organizations and broad leadership and career development. She has been a General Counsel, Company Secretary and Senior Vice President with fifteen years board level experience, having worked on the Executive Committees of three very different companies.
Suzanne has recently “retired” from her Executive career and her last role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at Japan Tobacco International, based in Geneva. In this role Suzanne’s responsibilities included Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Communications, Fiscal Affairs & Anti-Illicit Trade and Public Affairs.
She managed a $94M budget and team of 450 based in over 40 countries, developed a group wide sustainability strategy, transformed the risk management function and led JTI to achieve recognized leader status in many ESG areas.
Previously she was Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at Network Rail, where she embedded a new Code of Business Ethics and Transparency Strategy and led the legal team that brought the company onto the Government’s balance sheet to become an arm’s length body of the Department for Transport. As an Executive Committee member, Suzanne was responsible for the following teams: Legal & Company Secretarial Services, Transparency & Business Ethics, Freedom of Information, Business Change, Corporate & Commercial and Information Governance.
Earlier Suzanne was the General Counsel & Company Secretary at Premier Foods Plc and during her time at Premier Foods she led the legal team through disposals and emergency refinancings and extended her responsibilities to also include Communications, Internal Audit and CSR.
Her early career began in private practice, moving swiftly in house.