Susan Acker-Walsh is a Managing Partner at CREO, Inc., a management consulting firm dedicated to perfecting business operations in health, life science, and technology markets. She offers a powerful blend of entrepreneurial drive, vision, and keen business acumen that uniquely equips her to launch complex business initiatives and bring them to fruition, create new businesses and develop them into major players in their market space, and adeptly support virtually all functional areas within an organization.
Energized by growth and change, she has served as a “Jill of All Trades,” holding the titles of Chairwoman, CEO, Chief Executive, COO, President, SVP, and VP at various points in her career. In all of these diverse roles, she has consistently taken on and delivered results in the toughest and most daunting of assignments, spearheading business turnarounds, imposing order in chaotic situations, identifying business opportunities and conceiving business ideas, and operationalizing and executing those ideas flawlessly.
Previously, Susan served as President and COO at SciMetrika, a population health research organization. Before that, she spent 13 years with SRA International as Vice President & Director, Health & Civilian Government. She joined SRA via acquisition where she played an instrumental part in the complex integration of Constella Group into SRA’s new Global Health Sector. She was retained to help lead this effort after playing a key part in her role as Senior Vice President of Corporate, Organization and People Development, as well as Corporate Compliance Officer, an integral member of the Constella Group’s Executive Leadership Team. Returning in a consulting capacity to this global professional health services provider in 2003 after leading her own start-up company, Susan’s immediate and substantial strategic contributions led to the CEO’s request for her to head the company’s Corporate Development function. In that role, she initiated and led an acquisition strategy that brought Constella into new global markets, doubled the company’s size overnight and set EBITDA on track for ninefold growth to $18 million. She worked closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to position, market, and sell the company to SRA International. These varied roles have provided invaluable immersion experiences in high-growth and entrepreneurial environments, including the unique experience of building and growing a venture-backed start-up where she raised nearly $20M from Silicon Valley investors.
Susan has an MBA from top-tier Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves as an Adams Advisor at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She is a William C. Friday Fellow, an Emmy Award winning film producer, an alumna of Springboard Enterprises, and an active member of the local community, having served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.