Susan S. Kilsby


Susan S. Kilbsy joined The First Boston Corporation, a predecessor company of Credit Suisse, in 1980, working in the Mergers and Acquisition Group in New York until 1992. She later moved to London as Head of Credit Suisse's European Consumer, Retail & Services group in Investment Banking and, from 2002 until 2007, was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Advisor for EMEA and later Chairman.

From 2009 through 2014, she was Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse, where she focused on senior level coverage of global corporations.

Ms Kilsby was Chairman of the International region of C200 from 2010 to 2013: an organisation composed of leading women in business globally, and was a founding member of the Competitor Diversity Forum in London.

Board Mandates

Ms Kilsby is currently Chairman of Shire plc.

She is a Non-Executive Director of Goldman Sachs International, Fortune Brands Home and Security, and BBA Aviation, where she is Senior Independent Director and chairs the Remuneration Committee.

Ms. Kilsby previously served on the boards of Coca-Cola HBC AG, Keurig Green Mountain, where she chaired the Audit Committee, and L'Occitane SA, where she chaired the Remuneration Committee.

She is a Senior Visiting Fellow of Cass Business School in London and Chairman of the M&A Research Centre at Cass. She is a member of Wellesley College's Business Leadership Council and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Gordon A Rich Foundation.


In 2007, Ms Kilsby was recognised by both and Financial News as one of the Top Ten Women in Finance and was again recognised by Financial News each year from 2008 through 2011.

She has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, an MBA from the Yale School of Management and in 2016 received a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) from The City University London.

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