Sue Thompson

Susan Thompson
Head of SPDR Americas Distribution, State Street Global Advisors

Susan Thompson is executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors and serves as head of SPDR Americas Distribution. In this role, she is responsible for developing and leading the SPDR Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) distribution strategy across all client channels in the Americas, including institutional, intermediary and strategic relationships.

Prior to joining State Street Global Advisors in 2018, she was at Thompson Peak Advisory where she was chief executive officer and President of her own consulting firm, advising some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated investment managers on their growth and distribution strategies. Previously, Susan worked for BlackRock for eight years where she was responsible for growing the iShares franchise with the intermediary and institutional asset manager channels in the Americas. Prior to BlackRock, Susan was at Vanguard, where she held a number of positions culminating in a senior role in developing their ETF business.

Susan is recognized for recruiting, developing and mentoring future leaders and has played a significant role in nurturing female talent across the ETF industry. She serves on the board of Women in ETFs, where she is a founding member. She also serves on the Board of Governors for the Money Management Institute. Susan has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance by Barron’s for the past three years.

Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law and a Member of the California State Bar association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Washington.