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Susan Ellen Wolf

Founder and CEO
Global Governance Consulting

Susan Ellen Wolf

Susan Ellen Wolf is a senior fellow with The Conference Board Governance Center and the founder and CEO of Global Governance Consulting.  She also serves on the George Washington University Business & Law Advisory Board.

Through Global Governance Consulting, Ms. Wolf provides independent advice concerning corporate governance and disclosure matters to corporate boards and management teams.  Recent projects include:

  • facilitating the annual board/committee performance self-assessment processes
  • enhancing board processes for succession planning and risk oversight
  • assisting with board turnover and recruitment
  • editing disclosure documents to clarify information that is important to key investors and advisory firms
  • designing proactive shareholder engagement processes, as well as facilitating specific engagements relating to proxy contests, say-on-pay, strategic matters and social issues
  • responding to corporate crisis

Over a 25+ year career as an in-house lawyer (with expertise in securities law, M&A and governance), Ms. Wolf’s positions included Corporate Secretary, Chief Governance Officer and Associate General Counsel of Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck), as well as securities law and governance positions with The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (now Constellation Energy) and ConTel (now Verizon).

Ms. Wolf is the author of The Going-In House Handbook: A Concise Guide to Making Big Career Changes.  Her past governance activities include:

  • Chairman of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals and Chairman of the Society’s Securities Law Committee
  • Board of Directors of the Council of Institutional Investors
  • Co-Chair of the Securities, Commodities & Exchanges Subcommittee of the American Bar Association
  • International Corporate Governance Network and National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Board of Advisors at the Temple University School of Medicine

Ms. Wolf earned a JD from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a BA with honors in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.