Cision Names Susan Steele As Chief Human Resources Officer

Cision announced the appointment of Susan Steele as the company’s new global Chief Human Resources Officer. Steele, who brings more than 25 years of human resources expertise to the role, is known for pioneering the use of artificial intelligence in the HR function to improve productivity, enhance the employee experience, and improve business results.

“Over the past four years, Cision has grown aggressively through acquisition,” said Kevin Akeroyd, Cision CEO. “Each acquisition has brought in tremendous new talent, and creating an industry-leading employee experience will be a competitive advantage as we move into a new era for Cision. Susan’s expertise will be invaluable to our organization as we attract, develop and retain our more than 4,000 employees globally.”

Susan Steele
Susan Steele

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Prior to joining the Cision executive team, Steele served as HR Reinvention Lead for Global Talent and Transformation at IBM. There, she was responsible for positioning IBM as a preferred partner for the use of AI and automation in the transformation of clients’ HR functions. She leveraged agile, analytics, design thinking, digital badges and other innovations to equip IBM clients around the globe for HR reinvention, continuous learning, and employee experience transformation. Steele’s 25 years of experience also include HR leadership roles at WPP, Deloitte and Linklaters and earlier investment banking roles at HSBC and JPMorgan Chase.

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At Cision, Steele will focus on fostering an environment of continuous learning and career mobility, enhancing productivity for all employees via scalable talent processes, resources and technologies, and delivering employee experiences that accelerate client success and revenue growth.

“In today’s era of continuous disruption, it is increasingly important for fast-growing enterprises, such as Cision, to create the employee-centric environment, experiences and culture critical to client satisfaction and commercial success,” said Susan Steele. “Cision is uniquely placed to enable new skills, fuel career growth, and leverage a tradition of innovation; I am excited about Cision’s future and the opportunity to help craft a compelling employee and client experience.”

Steele will be based in Cision’s New York office.

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