Susan Kreh
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Information Officer , Oil-Dri Corporation of America
Chicago, Illinois
email SusanKreh@gmail.com
phone 414-217-1099 414-217-1099
LinkedIn Profile
Susan Kreh is a strategic leader and partner to the CEO and his team at Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE: ODC), a global mining and manufacturing company. Ms. Kreh has over thirty-five years of experience in progressive corporate finance and information technology positions including her current position as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer for a publicly-traded company. Susan has prior experience as the CFO for Johnson Controls’ $7 billion global Power Solutions business where she spent 8 years following her tenure as $35 billion Johnson Controls’ (NYSE: JCI) Vice President, Corporate Controller. Susan also has experience as the General Manager of PPG’s global Optical Materials business having successfully led the introduction of new products from research to market launch. Following her success in general management, Ms. Kreh served as the Treasurer for PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) for 5 years. Interacting with board directors at PPG Industries, Johnson Controls and Oil-Dri Corporation of America for over 20 years, she has demonstrated tremendous value to Boards and shareholders through her excellent business acumen, foresight and execution. Ms. Kreh currently plays a key role with the Board of Directors in leading Enterprise Risk Management including developing and driving strategies to mitigate cyber security risk. She also adds value to the board as its representative with public shareholders as well as being a management representative on the Audit Committee, the Disclosure Committee and the Retirement Plans Committee.

Board Profile

Ms. Kreh currently serves on one for profit board. She is the Audit Committee Chair and is a financial expert for West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, a board she has served on for 4 years. Ms. Kreh brings public company knowledge and process discipline to finance and information technology for this $1.5 billion mutual insurance company. Her strategic experience includes defining and leading strategy development and execution, integrated business planning, enterprise risk management, finance, information technology, cyber security, talent development and global operations. She has long-standing finance experience and qualifies as a financial expert for audit committee service. Susan’s experience is deeply rooted in both business-to-business and retail and wholesale products channels.

Board Experience

For Profit –       West Bend Mutual Insurance Company (2019 to present), Audit Committee Chair, Strategic Risk Oversight Committee member

Not for Profit-  United Performing Arts Fund (2007 to 2017),  Executive Committee member, Audit Committee Chair and Allocation Committee member

Wisconsin Graduate School of Business, Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking (2007 – 2023), external advisory board member

Aurora Healthcare (2013-2018) member of Finance Committee until Aurora’s merger with Advocate Health Systems

Professional Summary

Ms. Kreh has dedicated her career to three NYSE-traded public companies:  PPG Industries, Johnson Controls and Oil-Dri Corporation of America.   They range in size from $40+ billion to $350 million.  Susan has had a wide variety of functional leadership roles including those in accounting, finance, information technology, commercial development, general management, strategy, compliance and data analytics.  The scope of Susan’s roles has been largely global including leading functions in China and several Asian countries, in Eastern and Western European countries as well as in North and South America.  Susan has served in several Corporate Officer roles including Treasurer, Corporate Controller, Chief Accounting Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer and has extensive experience working with directors on Boards.

Personal

Ms. Kreh is married to a musician, has six adult children and three grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

Industry

Industrial/Manufacturing

Company Revenue

$3B+

Level of Expertise

CxO/President

Skills

Corporate GovernanceFinancial ExpertInternational BusinessManufacturingRisk & ComplianceTechnology/Digital/Cybersecurity

Board Experience

PublicNon-for-profit

Leadership on Board

DirectorAdvisorCommittee ChairCommittee Member

Committees

AuditExecutiveFundraising & DevelopmentRisk