Suzanne Thompson is the Chief Technology Officer, including Regulatory, based in Charlotte, NC. She is a member of the Sealed Air R&D Leadership team and the Global Diversey Care Leadership Team and has been with Sealed Air since 2015.
Suzanne has over 30 years of experience working as an R&D leader in the cleaning and hygiene business with a proven track record of setting a strategy and vision, building a high performing organization and delivering growth through a robust innovation pipeline.
Prior to Sealed Air, Suzanne worked for The Clorox Company for 29 years across all businesses and R&D functions. Roles included Vice President, Research and Development Growth Labs where Suzanne lead the company’s adjacency strategy, global technology and open innovation teams. As a result of this work, Clorox purchased Renew Life in 2016 and won a number of innovation awards including Outstanding Corporate Innovator from PDMA. Prior to leading Growth Labs, Suzanne led the Regulatory and Global Stewardship team creating a new organization and strategy that set the company up for success in personal care as well FDA regulated products in Clorox’s professional division. She also partnered with Canyon Ranch to improve Health Literacy sponsoring a hygiene program in Peru and presented the findings at Harvard Business School and Institute of Medical Roundtable of Health Literacy.
While at Clorox, Suzanne was an active member of the American Cleaning Institute, holding leadership positions including Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee which advised the ACI board of directors on key member issues. As a result of her work, she won the ACI Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2016.
Currently Suzanne is the Chairman of the Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award selection committee at the Product Development Management Association and a member of the PDMA board of directors.
Suzanne holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley.