Susan Wagner Success Story
Susan Wagner is an American financial executive. She is the Co-founder and Director of the firm, BlackRock. Susan served BlackRock as theVice Chairman and was also an associate of the Operating Committees and the Global Executive, before she retired in 2012. Susan was the head of Strategy, Chief Operating Officer, Alternative Investments, Investor Relations, Corporate Development, International client businesses and Marketing and Communications. Susan is Director, BlackRock’s Women’s Initiative Network.
Susan was born in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois, United States into a Jewish family. She did her BA in English and Economics with honors from the Wellesley College. Susan is an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Susan joined the Lehman Brothers, Mortgage Finance Group in New York as the Vice President. She worked in the investment banking unit on fixed income products and mergers and acquisitions.
In 1988, Susan and her friend Ralph Schlosstein joined the Blackstone Financial Group, renamed later as BlackRock. Susan was the co-founder of BlackRock. She served the company as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman. Under her leadership, BlackRock acquired the Merrill Lynch Investment Management, Barclays Global Investors and Quellos. Susan expanded the company to Brazil, Asia and the Middle East. Currently, Susanis a member of BlackRock’s Board of Directors and of Board of Trustees of the Hackley School.
Susan was named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business", by the Fortune magazine.She features on the lists published by the Crain’s New York and the Financial Times and has been honored by the National Council for Research on Women. Susan currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re, BlackRock, Wellesley College, Hackley School and DSP BlackRock (India).
In May 2014 she was invited by Wellesley's Class of 2014 to give the commencement speech. Later, in July 2014, Susan was elected to the board of Apple Inc. She is the second woman on the Apple board comprising eight members and the only director with a sturdy financial background.
Susan is married and has three children. The family resides in the suburbs of New York. Susan refers to herself as a "down to earth New York commuter".