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Susan L. Blount

Susan L. Blount is executive vice president and general counsel at Prudential Financial, Inc., responsible for overseeing the company’s Law, Compliance, Business Ethics and External Affairs departments.

Blount joined Prudential in 1985 as an attorney in the company’s commercial real estate operations. Since then, she has held a variety of leadership positions, including vice president and secretary when the company demutualized in 2001 and chief counsel for the Investment Division. She assumed the role of general counsel in 2005 and was promoted to executive vice president in June 2013.

Blount is active on issues related to higher education. She serves on the boards of Montclair State University and she previously served on the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education. She also serves on the board of trustees of NJ LEEP, a high school enrichment program in Newark, and is a founder of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas. Blount is also a board member of the Pro Bono Partnership and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She is a frequent speaker on diversity in the legal profession and corporate governance.

In 2012, Blount was recognized as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews for her pioneering work to increase diversity and inclusion in the law profession. In 2011, she received the “Women of Power and Influence Award” from the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Under Blount’s leadership, Prudential’s Law Department has been recognized as 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 Bar Association. It also received special recognition by the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention.

Prior to joining Prudential, Blount was an associate at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in history and a juris doctor with honors.