Client Networking Happy Hour | Executive Search & Board Recruitment
Join us for our next Client Networking Happy Hour event on Wednesday, May 24th to gain perspective on the current executive search and board recruitment market. A friend of the firm, Suzanne Burns, Chicago-based Partner with Spencer Stuart’s Board, CEO, Industrial and Private Equity Practices will share the state of the recruiting market over the past 12 months, including insights from the firm’s recently published 2022 Board Index. She will answer questions on search strategies in today’s market and the increased focus on diversity of all types in the board room.
Suzanne M. Burns is a trusted advisor to numerous public and private company CEOs and Board Nominating & Governance Committees, where she shares her knowledge of board best practices, CEO succession planning, insights on deliberate organizational and cultural alignment, and perspective on how to successfully attract and develop diverse talent to drive shareholder value. Ms. Burns is known for elevating strategies and developing winning, executable courses of action. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together in a cohesive design, and helps others broaden their thinking in the process.
As a Senior Partner at Spencer Stuart, Ms. Burns is a member of the firm’s Board, CEO, Industrial, Digital Transformation and Private Equity practices. She devotes her time to advising global clients on Board and C-suite talent selection, cultural transformation, and board effectiveness to increase diversity and competitiveness. She also leads the firm’s B2B Distribution and Building & Architectural Product practices. Ms. Burns serves manufacturing and distribution clients around the world, bringing more than 25 years of industrial experience in the areas of P&L leadership and strategic growth leadership.
Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Ms. Burns served as Chief Talent Officer for W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW), a global MRO distributor, and led the supply chain and distribution center integration into a new U.S. omni-channel business model. As President of Fluid Management, a subsidiary of IDEX Corporation (NYSE: IEX), she launched IoT-enabled digital predictive diagnostic technology into DIY big-box channels. Earlier in her career, during 17 years with Eaton Corporation (NYSE: ETN), she served as President of the $1 billion global electrical Power Quality business following the acquisition of Powerware and oversaw the integration of $2.2 billion, 15,000-person hydraulic manufacturer Aeroquip-Vickers across 84 facilities worldwide. As Director, International Development, Ms. Burns also led Eaton’s expansion beyond North America and established 15 start-up and joint venture investments in Asia and Latin America.