Class of 2020-2021
Sue Bettman is an accomplished C-suite leader and strategic business advisor with battle-tested management skills and the ability to drive innovation. Sue is a respected partner to the CEO, Board of Directors, and executive team, with proven expertise in corporate governance, executive compensation, shareholder engagement, compliance programs, human capital management, crisis management, and enterprise risk management. She is a steward of corporate culture and a collaborative leader who communicates effectively and builds productive relationships with all levels of the organization. Notably, Sue has extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, reorganizations, and other transactions to support and evolve the capital structure.
Sue is the former Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of LSC Communications, which was a publicly traded $3.5 billion provider of digital and print communication and logistics services. Sue chaired the Executive Steering Committee for a transformational company-wide, multi-year cost and revenue improvement project which resulted in an annualized cost savings run-rate of more than $250 million. She was the co-executive lead of LSC’s COVID-19 response and had responsibility for LSC’s human resources, marketing and communications, government affairs, insurance, compliance, and legal functions. Sue was a member of a three-person leadership team (with the CEO and CFO) leading LSC’s bankruptcy and the auction of its business which led to a successful sale to a private equity firm. She had P&L responsibility for LSC’s $95 million print management business and served as LSC’s Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. Sue chaired the Ethics & Compliance and Whistleblower Committees and was a member of the Enterprise Risk Management and Disclosure Committees.
Sue was General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer of RR Donnelley which was, prior to its spin-off of LSC, a global, publicly traded $13 billion provider of digital and print communication and logistics services. At RRD, Sue was a member of the Executive Steering Committee for the company’s simultaneous spin-off of two of its businesses into separate publicly traded entities, chaired the Ethics & Compliance and Whistleblower Committees, was a member of the Enterprise Risk Management and Disclosure Committees, and was responsible for all Board and governance matters as well as outreach to RRD’s largest institutional shareholders and leadership of the compliance, legal, intellectual property and insurance functions.
Sue started her career and became partner at Kirkland & Ellis, which consistently ranks among the largest and most profitable law firms in the world. There she learned how to lead efficient, high-performing teams across a broad range of complex transactions including public and private securities offerings, negotiated acquisitions and divestitures, equity and debt financings, asset securitizations, and private equity investments.
She is a member of the Advisory Board of Massey & Gail, LLP, a former member of the FM Global Chicago/St. Louis Advisory Board, a member of The Chicago Network where she chaired the Board and the Reception and Governance Committees, and the Economic Club of Chicago where she served on the Board as Secretary and member of the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Membership Committee. Sue also chaired the Board and the Audit & Risk Management Committee of The Sacred Heart Schools of Chicago where she led a transformation of its governance structure. She serves on the Board of Regents of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and is the former Chair of their Leader Council.
After receiving her BA in Economics with Honors from Northwestern University she received a JD from the University of Illinois College of Law where she served on the leadership team of the Law Review.
Sue is qualified to serve on the Audit, Compensation, and Governance Committees of a public company board.