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Susan Lucia Annunzio

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for High Performance

Susan Lucia Annunzio is president and chief executive officer of the Center for High Performance. She is a strategic advisor to CEOs of leading global companies on strategy attainment and business transformation. Annunzio partners with senior executives to increase their ability to simplify complex strategic decisions through enhanced collaboration and creativity. She is a globally recognized speaker and thought leader on shaping and maintaining high performance business environments. She has a strong track record helping leaders maximize returns on strategic, financial, and human capital investments.

Previously, Annunzio ran the research-based high performance consulting subsidiary of Hudson Highland Group, Inc., a leading international professional staffing and talent management solutions firm. Under her direction, Hudson Highland completed the most comprehensive global study of knowledge workers ever conducted regarding the factors that accelerate or stifle high performance.

Annunzio has taught in Executive Education courses at Chicago Booth since 2000. She currently teaches one of the most popular Executive Education programs: High Performance Leadership. She has been a guest lecturer at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France; Kellogg Graduate School of Management; and Instituto Empressa in Madrid. She also has taught at General Electric's Crotonville Corporate Training Center.

Annunzio is the author of Contagious Success (Portfolio, 2004), Communicoding (Fine, 1990; Penguin USA, 1991), and Evolutionary Leadership (Simon & Schuster, 2001; Fireside, 2002). She has been a guest on numerous local and national television and radio news programs and has been quoted extensively in the business press.

Annunzio is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives' Club of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Women's Business Group. She also works with the Metropolitan YWCA of Chicago and the United Way. She also teaches in several executive education programs at Chicago Booth.