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Susan Steele
Chief HR Officer
Ocean Technologies Group

As the Chief HR Officer for Ocean Technologies Group, Susan Steele leads the talent and integration agenda for the iconic digital learning and technology acquisitions that comprise the newly created Ocean Technologies Group, an Oakley Capital portfolio company that taps the biggest data rich picture of maritime learning behavior to make the maritime industry stronger and safer.

Susan was previously Chief HR Officer at Cision (NYSE: CISN), a well-known provider of earned media software and services, where she prepared Cision for the exit of primary shareholder GTCR LLC and subsequent privatization and acquisition by Platinum Equity. Known for pioneering the use of AI and automation in the HR and talent domains, Susan led IBM’s global HR Reinvention consulting practice which transformed the HR functions of IBM clients. Her professional background prior to IBM includes C-Suite HR roles at WPP, Deloitte and global law firm, Linklaters. The first part of her career was spent in investment banking in London.

Susan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, London Business School and the Tavistock Institute. She serves on the Advisory Board of Open Classrooms, a French ed-tech start-up, as well as on the New York HR People & Strategy board and the Board of Advisors at Carnegie Mellon University.   

Susan is a frequent commentator on the growing impact of new technologies, including AI, automation, IOT, blockchain and AR/VR, on both the HR function and employee experience: and