Suzanne West has been promoted to chief human resources officer at advertising agency Carmichael Lynch. Since joining the agency in 2007, West’s role has included overseeing the human resources department and serving as an integral part of the agency’s management team. In her new role, West is charged with helping the agency achieve a unique and sustainable competitive advantage for attracting and retaining highly skilled employees.
Before joining Carmichael Lynch, West was a director of human resources for Anchor Companies in Minnetonka, Minn., where she oversaw a company-wide restructuring in addition to her supervision of all aspects of workforce management. Prior to that, she served as a director of human resources for XSYS Print Solution Inks in Plymouth, Minn., where she provided direction and guidance for all human resources employees and worked to consolidate the HR department for a merger occurring at the time.
“Sue is a hard-working professional and a great problem-solver,” says Mike Lescarbeau, CEO, Carmichael Lynch. “Through her consistency and dedication, Sue has proven that she is well-deserving of this promotion.”
In her time away from work, West serves as a human resources panelist at her alma mater, the College of St. Benedict and its partner school St. John’s University. She is a member of the Human Resources Management Committee for the American Association of Advertising Agencies, as well as an active participant in professional organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management and Employment Law Institute. She also is vice president of the Minnesota Chapter of Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and has been recognized by both the local and national Spinal Muscular Atrophy organization for her fundraising achievements as auction chair, a position she has held since 2001.
West earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the College of St. Benedict.