Shannon Susko is a seasoned communications professional with more than 17 years of proven expertise in strategic, crisis and transaction communications. She advises management and boards of public and private companies focused on the healthcare and life science sector on communications that impact valuation and reputation, developing successful communication strategies for transactions, advising on financial media, special situations and investor relations, and supporting crisis and issues management. Clients include: AbbVie; TPG; Cigna; Dignity Health; Eyecare Service Partners; Wayne State; Applied Therapeutics; Spectrum Pharmaceuticals; Centura Health; Invacare; Carolinas HealthCare System/Atrium Health; Intrexon; Catholic Health Initiatives; Precigen Therapeutics; InTouch Health; Currax Pharmaceuticals; Millennium Health; Kodak; UCONN Health System; L Brands; GE Aviation; Jefferies; Prudential; Alkermes; Medtronic; Cantel; Prudential; GreenSky; Kaiser Permanente; Pernix Therapeutics; Ares Management Corporation; New York Life; Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.; Bon Secours Mercy Health; DuPage Medical Group; Komodo Health; Brown & Toland Physicians; Providence Health & Services; Spring Health; Enlivant; Apellis Therapeutics; Inovio; Renibus Therapeutics; and Harvest Partners.
Shannon came to Edelman from Global Strategy Group, where she was a Vice President advising clients in highly regulated industries on strategic and crisis communications; M&A; shareholder activism; special situations; CFIUS approvals, issues and reputation management; and full-scale campaign management. Sampling of clients included: GlobalFoundries, Canadian Pacific, and Pershing Square Capital Management.
Shannon is the founder of Susko & Co, a consulting firm assisting clients in the healthcare and financial services industries with strategic communications, business development, and market strategy. She spent a decade at TriWest Healthcare Alliance, a Department of Defense managed care support contractor that administered the military’s healthcare program – TRICARE. Shannon was responsible for high-profile, enterprise-wide strategic communications involving TriWest and its shareholders (15 Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans and two university healthcare systems), to include the bid protest/crisis communications campaign for the T-3 Contract, worth $20B.
Shannon is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Shannon is also a trained Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt.