As President of Weber Shandwick, Susan Howe is charged with overseeing the growth and operations of all regions as well as deepening the strategic integration among the agency’s specialist brands to drive cross-functional collaboration at global scale.
Susan has been a key driver of Weber Shandwick’s success during her 25-year tenure, having held many prominent leadership and client-centric roles throughout her career. She was the agency’s first Chief Growth Officer, a new role established in early 2020 to enhance collaboration between sectors and specialties throughout the organization to drive growth. The role was a natural expansion from her previous position – Chief Collaboration Officer – a first-of-its-kind C-suite role that enabled Howe to drive deeper integration among the agency’s disciplines. During her time as Chief Collaboration Officer, she helped to architect and implement a new approach to teaming at Weber Shandwick, which resulted in an innovative model organized around the distinct value the agency brings to clients. Howe previously was responsible for the agency’s consumer marketing practice and flagship Chicago operation.
A leading brand marketer known for her creative ideas and innovative solutions, Susan has led some of the firm’s most significant client engagements and organizational changes. In her years at Weber Shandwick, she helped build a powerful consumer marketing network, having led high-profile engagements for Unilever, AB-InBev, Kellogg's and Nestle, among many others. In 2021 she was inducted into the PRWeek Hall of Femme and named Professional of the Year by PRSA Chicago.
Susan is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is the current Chair of Northwestern’s Council of 100, dedicated to the advancement of women graduates. She and her husband live in Chicago, within walking distance of Wrigley Field and their beloved Chicago Cubs.