Suzanne Burns is a member of the firm’s Board, CEO, Industrial, Private Equity and Industrial Technology practices. She coordinates the firm’s efforts in B2B distribution and building & architectural product sectors. Suzanne serves manufacturing and distribution clients around the world, bringing more than 25 years of industrial industry experience spanning general management and growth-oriented roles such as strategic planning, global expansion, mergers and acquisitions, digital and marketing roles. Suzanne specializes in board, C-suite and succession planning consultation across multiple sectors, functions and regions. With her broad global operations experience, she helps organizations find leaders who can adapt to changing times by developing appropriate strategies, culture and talent.

Worldwide industrial experience

  • Before joining Spencer Stuart, Suzanne served as chief talent officer for global industrial distributor W. W. Grainger. She also led the integration of the supply chain and distribution center networks of 11 previously acquired businesses into the company’s new U.S. business model.
  • Suzanne was president of the Fluid Management subsidiary of IDEX Corporation. Prior to that, during her 17 years with Eaton Corporation, she served as President of two global power quality businesses, oversaw the integration of global hydraulic manufacturer Aeroquip-Vickers and headed the company’s global expansion, where she established 15 startup equity investments in Asia and Latin America.
  • Suzanne began her career as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney.

Suzanne is active in the Chicagoland community and is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, Women Corporate Directors, The Executive’s Club of Chicago, and The University Club. She is currently a board member of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Foundation, and Leadership Greater Chicago and has served on the board of Communities In Schools of Chicago. She also serves as Spencer Stuart’s representative on the board of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.

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