Founder of SSA Executive Search International and The Board Institute
Susan Shultz founded SSA Executive Search International, Ltd. in 1981, and has conducted senior level searches locally, nationally and internationally, and is recognized as a leading expert in corporate governance. She authored the highly acclaimed The Board Book, Making Your Corporate Board a Strategic Force in your Company’s Success (AMACOM) and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Strategic Finance, CFO Magazine and numerous other media. She currently leads the Global Board Practice for INAC Executive Search Worldwide, helping public and private companies build better boards of directors.
She has spoken about corporate boards and executive search at The Business Roundtable; the Economist CFO Forum, Tokyo; The Chengdu Chamber of Commerce, China; the advanced director symposium at the Anderson School, UCLA; The Commonwealth Club; the Canadian Chartered Accountants, Montreal; the Financial Executives’ Annual Summit, Semantic Annual CIO Symposium; the US-Asia Investment & Business Expo; the INAC search symposium, Amsterdam, various CEO gatherings; and to many other organizations.
In 2002, Susan founded The Board Institute, Inc., to improve boards of directors through a suite of web-based, independent, educational tools to help directors evaluate, educate and improve their boards, committees and individual directors. The Board Institute is the only web-based solution to board education and evaluation accredited by RiskMetrics.
Before establishing SSA, Susan had a marketing firm, an import-export company, and was a consultant/media director for many U.S., state and federal political campaigns. She was a columnist and investigative reporter for Phoenix Magazine for 15 years, and has written for numerous other publications. She had 4 major books published, including the #1 worldwide bestseller. Prior to that, for five years, she served as Legislative Assistant to Rep. William E. Brock, US Congress, in Washington, DC. Susan received a BA in Government and Economics from the University of Arizona and completed all core graduate work in International Affairs and International Economics at George Washington University.
Susan was Nom. Chair, Phoenix Bank, and director of the accredited college subsidiary of TesserAct (Nasdaq). She chaired the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations for 16 years, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (NYC), the Pacific Council on International Policy (Los Angeles), Women Corporate Directors and is a director of the Arizona Technology Council, The Technology Council Foundation, and, formerly, a director, School of Global Studies, ASU, Charter 100, numerous other nonprofit President of the Arizona Business Leadership Association, She served on numerous other boards, was a Presidential Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and is recognized in numerous publications including Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.