Susan L. Blount

Class of 2014

Susan L. Blount is executive vice president and general counsel at Prudential Financial, Inc, where she is responsible for the company’s 700 person global Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs department. Blount is an experienced executive with a breadth of experience on challenging corporate issues, who integrates business, financial and control considerations into discussions and decision-making. She is a member of Prudential’s six person Office of the Chairman Group, the Company’s senior-most management body, which sets corporate strategy, including assessing all potential corporate acquisitions and divestitures. She is also a member of the Enterprise Risk Committee that addresses the most significant risks facing the enterprise and the Capital and Financial Controls Committee that evaluates all major capital allocations for the enterprise.

Having served as General Counsel of one of the world’s largest providers of insurance and asset management products and services since 2005, Blount has extensive experience in the financial services industry and an in-depth understanding of financial reporting and corporate governance. She also has been responsible for overseeing regulatory matters for Prudential. Blount has worked extensively on complex corporate financial matters. She was heavily involved in the Company’s responses to the financial crisis of 2008. She has been a key member of the team responding to the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s analysis of Prudential as a systemically important financial institution. She also played an instrumental role in the Company’s 2001 corporate restructuring from a mutual company to a public company traded on the NYSE, a transformation which involved an initial public offering, distribution of approximately 455 million shares of stock to policyholders, a complete reconstitution of the Company’s debt and capital structure and extensive presentations to the Company’s Board and regulators over a 3 year process.

Through 18 years of working with Prudential’s Board, Blount has developed deep expertise in corporate governance, executive compensation and Board risk oversight. She has been a member of the faculty of the Stanford Director’s College for the last 4 years where she has spoken on the topic of shareholder activism. She has also served as Chairman of the Board, and on the Executive, Audit and Investment Committees of the Board of Trustees of Montclair State University, the second largest university in New Jersey.

Blount is a leader in her profession. She serves on several professional boards, including that of the Association of Corporate Counsel. 

Prior to joining Prudential in 1985, Blount was an associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in history and a juris doctor with honors.