Susan Kish
Excel Venture Management
Boston, MA

Susan Kish is a senior executive with extensive experience in building successful businesses, products, services, and teams. She has worked across multiple global industries, e.g., financial services, media, and clean energy, and is a relentless advocate of digital and data literacy. A seasoned entrepreneur, Susan has been successful in bringing new ideas and businesses to life inside large corporations and banks as well as in start-up environments. Susan leverages a wealth of knowledge of strategy, marketing, and digital media as well as product and business development expertise.

Most recently at Bloomberg LP, Susan headed up a cross-platform team and set of initiatives to drive strategy, innovation, and integration across the media, data, and analytical platforms. Innovations to come out of this venture include the birth of “The Year Ahead,” a data-driven media franchise, and the incubation of Bloomberg’s award-winning data visualization team.

Susan previously led market development at New Energy Finance, which was acquired by Bloomberg. In this role, Susan initiated the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit in 2008—one of the world’s most successful energy conferences—which she continues to moderate for Bloomberg today.

Prior to Bloomberg, Susan was an entrepreneur, founding First Tuesday Zurich in 1999. The business think tank connected start-ups and investors, convened and supported thought leader networks in private banking, emerging technologies, and sustainable energy. After First Tuesday Zurich was acquired in 2006 by the professional online network XING, she established XING’s consulting and advisory business.

Susan started her career as a banker at UBS and Chase. At UBS she built credit businesses in the commodity, brokerage, and municipal finance sectors before moving from New York to Zurich as Global Functional Head of Structured Finance, and member of the Global Credit Risk Committee.

Susan is a trustee and independent director on several boards including Candid, InsideClimate News, and One Month, an online learning platform.

Susan is currently the senior advisor to the chief marketing officer, IWM at Credit Suisse, and the executive-in-residence at Excel Venture Management in Boston. Susan recently joined the faculty at the Pratt Institute’s Design Management Graduate Program as a professor of international business.

Susan graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College in the history of science, Magna cum Laude, and lives outside of Boston with her family.