On the Stage, Behind the Scenes and In the Audience
Sally Susman is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Pfizer, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical company whose diversified health care and consumer products are sold around the world. She is a member of Pfizer’s Executive Leadership Team, chairs Pfizer’s Political Action Committee and is Vice Chair of the Pfizer Foundation, which promotes access to quality health care, nurtures innovation and supports the volunteerism of Pfizer’s 100,000 employees.
Ms. Susman directs Pfizer’s global communications and its public affairs activities, including high-level relations with the governments of all nations in which the Company has operations or markets products. Ms. Susman also heads the firm’s corporate responsibility group and plays a key role in shaping the Company’s policy initiatives.
Before joining Pfizer in 2007, Ms. Susman was Executive Vice President of Global Communications at The Estee Lauder Companies, where, for seven years, she directed global corporate affairs strategy for the company and its 28 brands. Ms. Susman served as a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Susman has also held several high-level communications and government relations posts at American Express Company and was responsible for the company’s international positioning. From 1995 to 1997, she was based in London, where she was responsible for corporate communications and government relations for American Express throughout Europe.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Susman spent eight years in government service focused on international trade issues. Her positions included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Commerce and Legislative Assistant for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Ms. Susman holds a B.A. in government from Connecticut College; she has also studied at the London School of Economics. She serves on the following boards: WPP, a world leader in advertising and marketing based in the UK; the Library of Congress Trust Fund; The International Rescue Committee; and the U.S. India Business Council.