US Chamber of Commerce New CEO
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently appointed Suzanne Clark, the pro-business lobbying group’s next chief executive officer. Clark, who is currently the president of the Chamber, will take over on March 11, which is the day of the Chamber’s next board of directors meeting. “Suzanne Clark’s extensive experience through ever-increasing responsibilities, combined with her ambitious vision and ongoing work to strengthen the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, makes her the resounding choice to lead the organization,” Chamber Board Chairman Christopher Lofgren said in a statement.
Clark has been president since June 2019. A spokesperson said on Friday that the board was “engaged in a rigorous multiyear succession process to name a new CEO.” Clark previously was the Chamber’s senior executive vice president and has been at the organization since 2014 following a previous stint, from 1997 to 2007, when she was executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Clark has the deep management experience within the leadership of the U.S. Chamber, and a timely and powerful vision for how the organization can partner with American business to expand the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s global impact and influence for years to come,” Lofgren said.
“We believe in the power of American businesses to improve lives, innovate solutions, and change the world, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce exists to help them do it. We fight for the job creators because we know what a job means to a family, to a community, and to the overall economy,” expressed Clark. Susanne founded and led the consulting firm Potomac Research Group. Before that, she was president of National Journal Group. Clark, with a fierce commitment to global free enterprise, Clark’s experience deeply informs her leadership of the U.S. Chamber—the world’s largest business organization representing employers around the globe. Clark has also helped drive the national conversation on issues central to managing and recovering from the pandemic through the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Path Forward program.
In an era of divided government and partisan gridlock, the U.S. Chamber has been a bold leader in championing bipartisan solutions and building coalitions around the issues most important to the business community. Clark serves on the board of The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and So Others Might Eat (SOME). She was named SOME’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2019. Other awards and recognition include Washingtonian Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Washington, the National Association of Corporate Directors Directorship 100 honorees, and the Baldridge Foundation’s Award for Leadership Excellence.
Carrying her passion for business and entrepreneurship into the classroom, Clark is a 2021 Spring Fellow at American University’s Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, where she leads a lecture series on the role of private sector job creation. Clark earned a B.A., magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their daughter. – Content Curated By ALEX GANGITANO