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Susan Sandlund, PhD

Managing Director
New York
CEO/Executive Succession
Leadership Assessment and Development
Board Effectiveness
Team Effectiveness and Executive Coaching
Culture Change
BA, Marquette University
PhD, George Washington University

Commitment to Clients

The best CEOs are curious about the world and are learners. I help leaders and their teams increase their overall effectiveness and performance, and build the capabilities required to achieve the current and future strategic goals of the organization. I live by the motto "with truth comes change" and believe no leader will remain successful for long unless they can adapt to the constantly changing environment. I am committed to helping leaders become more flexible, manage constant change, and lead their teams and organizations successfully through major transformation. 


Dr. Susan Sandlund is a managing director at Pearl Meyer and leads the firm's leadership consulting practice. For more than 30 years, Susan has worked with boards, CEOs, and multiple levels of management on planned organizational changes at public and private companies and not-for-profit entities across numerous industries. As an organization psychologist, her work includes initiating and leading large-scale change to drive new business strategies, culture change, clarifying governance and decision-making, board and executive team effectiveness and coaching, organization design, executive assessment and development, and CEO succession planning processes.

Prior to joining Pearl Meyer, Susan was co-founder and partner of Veritas Partners, a leadership development and organization change consulting firm. Prior to launching Veritas, Susan was a partner with Oliver Wyman, formerly known as Mercer Delta Consulting (MDC) Group, working with CEOs and c-suite leaders on business transformation. She also served on the MDC board of directors. Prior to Mercer-Delta, Susan was a senior consultant with the Hay Group where she led leadership development initiatives for a wide array of clients. She served five years as an adjunct full professor at Columbia University and served on the board of trustees of Bon Secours Health System, Inc. (BSHSI) for 10 years, chairing the compensation and human resources committees. She is currently a director and the compensation committee chair for Peckham Industries.

Susan is a frequent speaker at board and industry conferences on the topics of CEO succession, board development, and organization change.

Susan is a member of the American Psychological Association and is certified in Hogan Assessments. She received her BA from Marquette University and her PhD from George Washington University.

Publications and Presentations By Susan Sandlund, PhD

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