Suzy Taherian
Faculty Profile

Suzy Taherian
Lecturer

Suzy Taherian has over 20 years of experience as senior executive for international industrial companies. She started her career with Exxon and Chevron and transitioned to CFO of a mid-size company.

She is currently CFO of Kinetics, a global engineering and construction company specializing in high-purity processing facilities for micro-electronics and biopharma companies, and research universities.

As CFO and acting-CEO, she has shaped strategic vision of companies and developed detailed plans to achieve turnaround and profitable growth. Her successes include over $4 billion in financing and $2 billion in M&A transactions and successful exits for venture-backed or private-equity backed companies. As CFO of a publicly-traded company, she engineered a shareholder return of 30% in one year.

She has taught at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management for last eight years, including courses on International Finance and International Business. She recently co-authored a book 80/20 CFO: The Guide to Making Strategic Transformations in Your Company.

Taherian holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis; a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She serves on several boards. She enjoys living in the Bay Area with her husband and their two teenagers.