Suzy Taherian

Lecturer

MBA, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

Suzy Taherian has over 20 years of experience as a 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 Wrightspeed, a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer company. Wrightspeed is designing the world’s most efficient electric vehicle powertrains for commercial customers in heavy-duty truck and bus applications. She also serves on the board of directors of NewHold Investment Corp, guiding it to an IPO on July 31, 2020 (NASDAQ: NHIC).

As CFO and acting-CEO, she has shaped the 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 the last eight years, including courses on International Finance and International Business. She recently co-authored the book 80/20 CFO: The Guide to Making Strategic Transformations in Your Company.

Taherian holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis; an 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.