Suzanne Townsen, National Managing Partner Human Resources, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, KPMG

Sue began her career with KPMG in the Orange County Office in 1986, was admitted into the partnership in 2000 and concurrently appointed as Partner in Charge for Audit/Advisory Learning and Development. In 2003 Sue transitioned into the Risk Consulting practice and in 2012 was appointed as the Regional Advisory Lead for the East and the Advisory Leader for New York City. Sue has 28 years of audit and risk management experience, has served as KPMG’s Global Lead Partner for a Fortune 100 insurance company and has assisted clients and Boards with architecting programs to meet governance, regulatory and business requirements. Sue is currently the NMP HR, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility. Sue works with the HR Vice Chair and supports all HR activities including HR strategy and planning; compensation and benefits; recruiting; training; succession planning; and performance management. She also provides the strategic direction to align philanthropic partnerships, environmental best practices, and diversity objectives to the firm’s commercial strategy.

Current Not for Profit Boards and Other Activities

Board of Trustees, KPMG Foundation (2015 – present)

Women Corporate Directors Thought Leadership Council (2014 – present)

W.O.M.E.N. in America member and mentor (2013 – present)

International Women’s Forum member (2013 – present)

Civic Consulting USA (Board Member 2013 – present)

LPGA (Board Member 2016 – present)


About Sue

Sue was an adjunct professor in Fordham University’s School of Education, teaching current issues and trends in the workplace to students in the master’s program in Human Resources Education. She is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and previously was a member of the AICPA’s EDMAX Committee, which addresses current issues in learning and development facing the public accounting profession. She has been recognized by Diversity Inc. as A Woman Worth Watching and is an honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry. Sue is a frequent speaker on women’s initiatives and is passionate about helping other women, believing strongly that we have an obligation to pay it forward.