Susan’s executive leadership skills include managing innovative and challenging recapitalization and refinancing, driving operational efficiencies through strong financial leadership, strategic planning, and leading crisis management. Susan’s experience spans public accounting, financial services, consumer product manufacturing, and defense contracting. She has managed Human Resources, Information Technology (IT), Finance, Operations, Sales and Marketing, and Contracting in her various roles. Recently, she proved her mettle in taking a challenged company through a difficult 4-year operational and financial turnaround. The problems she successfully addressed in that role included senior management changes, evolving through the defense contracting process, implementing strategic planning, and a thorough financial and operational turnaround. Her success was demonstrated when the company sold in late 2007.
Susan began her professional career and earned her CPA at KPMG, where she spent 4 years before leaving for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role in private industry. She speaks German, most recently having relocated from Vienna, Austria, after assisting a high tech company establish its U.S. operations. Susan has served in a number of high-level Financial-, Executive-, and Board-level roles in her more than 18 years in the San Diego area. She is a member of numerous public and private corporate boards, as well as non-profit boards.