Susanne Lyons was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and began serving as an independent director in December 2010.
A retired senior executive, Lyons has extensive global and Olympic experience, including 25 years of expertise in marketing, business strategy, human resources and revenue generation. Most recently, Lyons was the executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Visa USA – a member of the International Olympic Committee’s The Olympic Partner Program – from 2004-07. Lyons previously held leadership roles for Russell Reynolds Associates, Charles Schwab & Co. and Fidelity Investments.
She has served on a variety of public, private, advisory and nonprofit boards, including current directorships with Hercules Capital and WildCare. She previously served as a director for Gain Capital (2008-13), CNET (2007-08), Lexica (1999-2001) and InsureZone (1999-2001).
Lyons has been recognized for her business leadership with several honors, including being named the San Francisco Financial Women's Association "Woman of the Year" in 1999. She was also honored as one of the 50 most influential Bay Area business women by the San Francisco Business Times in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Lyons received a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Vassar College and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University.