Board Chair

Susanne Lyons was unanimously elected chair of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2019, after serving more than eight years as an independent member of the board (since December 2010). Prior to her appointment as board chair, she served as acting USOPC CEO from March 2018 to August 2018. In January 2018, she was selected as chair of the USA Gymnastics Working Group, leading the USOPC’s efforts to ensure an independent investigation into the decades-long abuse by Larry Nassar.

As a leader in the global Olympic Movement, Lyons also serves as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s marketing commission and as chair of the Association of National Olympic Committee’s marketing and new sources of revenue commission. Additionally, she is a member of the Santiago 2023 Coordination Commission for the 2023 Pan American Games.

A retired senior executive, Lyons has extensive global and Olympic experience, including 40 years of expertise in general management, marketing, sponsorship, business strategy and revenue generation at some of the largest financial services companies in America. She retired in 2007 as the chief marketing officer for Visa USA – a member of the International Olympic Committee’s The Olympic Partner Program – where she was responsible for all aspects of brand, advertising and marketing services.

Previously, she spent 10 years at Charles Schwab & Co., where she held various marketing and general management positions, including enterprise president of retail client services and chief marketing officer. Prior to this, she held leadership roles for Russell Reynolds Associates and spent 10 years at Fidelity Investments, where she held senior positions in marketing, product development and business strategy.

In addition to her directorship with the USOPC board, she previously served on the board of public company, Cnet, until its acquisition by CBS, as well as Gain Capital and Hercules Capital. She is president emeritus of the board of Wildcare, a not-for-profit organization. She also has been on the advisory board of Marketo, Inc., a marketing automation software company, which went public in 2013.

She 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 businesswomen by the San Francisco Business Times in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006; named “Women of the Year” for the American Diabetes Association in 2005; and was recognized as one of America’s top 50 Marketers by Advertising Age in 2006.  

Lyons received a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Vassar College and a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University.