Susan Schmitt

SUSAN SCHMITT leads human resources for Applied Materials and its more than twenty thousand global employees. She has more than thirty years of experience in HR, providing executive leadership for the function most recently at Rockwell Automation and Kellogg Company. While at Rockwell, she set global strategies designed to strengthen leadership, build organizational capacity and power the company’s business priorities. Under her HR leadership, Rockwell’s inclusive practices earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index for LGBT Equality and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” Schmitt is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources — the highest professional honor for individuals in HR. Contributing her expertise to developing future talent, she is a leadership advisory board member for the Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan, serving as the vice chair in the College of Engineering, and is a member of the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion advisory council for the College of Engineering. Schmitt earned an MS in industrial/organizational psychology from Illinois State University, and a BS from Albion College in Michigan. She also attended the University of Grenoble, France. @applied_blog

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