Susan L. Blount served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc., where she was responsible for the company’s 700 person global law, compliance, business ethics and external affairs (LCBE) organization. Blount was also a member of Prudential’s Office of the Chairman Group, the six senior-most officers of the company.
Blount joined Prudential’s Law Department in 1985 as an attorney in the company’s commercial real estate operations. During her career at Prudential, Blount held a variety of leadership positions in the Law Department, including chief investment counsel, vice president and secretary for the Company through the period of Prudential’s demutualization in late 2001.
Under Ms. Blount’s leadership, Prudential’s Law Department was recognized as one of the Most Innovative Law Departments by the Financial Times, an “Employer of Choice” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, a Legal Department of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal, and the Corporate Law Department of the Year by the NJ Hispanic Association. It also received special recognition by the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers and LCBE’s Diversity Council was honored by the Association of Diversity Councils.
Prior to joining Prudential, Blount was an associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis.
Blount has been recognized as one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal and has received recognition from organizations such as the National Association of Women Lawyers, National Organization for Women-NYC, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and the New Jersey Law & Empowerment Project.
Most recently, Blount has been named “2016 Leader of the Year” by The Joyce Ivy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the academic advancement of talented female high school students in the Midwest.
Active in professional and community service, Blount has held the position of Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Texas School of Law. She has served on the boards of Montclair State University, the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJLeep). She was also a regular faculty member at Stanford University's annual Directors' College and a regular participant in Stanford's Institutional Investors Forum.
Blount is a member of the University of Texas Law School Foundation and she is a Founder of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Montclair State University (second largest university in New Jersey) for 19 years. Blount has served on the faculty of Stanford University’s Director’s College since 2011.
Blount graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in history and a J.D. with honors.