Louis Susman

Louis B. Susman (born November 19, 1937) is an American lawyer, retired investment banker, and the former United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Nominated by President Barack Obama, he was confirmed by the Senate on July 10, 2009, and sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Louis Susman
United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
October 13, 2009  April 3, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byRobert H. Tuttle
Succeeded byMatthew Barzun
Personal details
Born (1937-11-19) November 19, 1937
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Marjorie (née Sachs)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Washington University School of Law
Investment banker

Early life

Louis Susman was born on November 19, 1937. He graduated from the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.[2][3][4]


Susman practiced law for 27 years and was a senior partner at the St. Louis-based law firm of Thompson & Mitchell, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law.

Susman served on the Board of Directors and Management Committee for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball franchise from 1975 to 1989. He was appointed to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy by Ronald Reagan in 1988, and served as a director of the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C.[5]

Susman later served the managing director and vice chairman of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking. In 2009, he retired as vice chairman of Citigroup Global Markets in Chicago.[5]

Susman served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2009 to 2013. He had been a longtime and prolific fundraiser for Democratic Party candidates, including Obama and 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry.[6]

Personal life

Susman married Marjorie Sachs.[7] Their daughter, Sally Susman, is the executive vice president of corporate affairs at Pfizer.[8]


  1. "Louis B. Susman". Nndb.com. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  2. AFP staff (July 10, 2009). "US Senate approves key Obama envoys". Google News. AFP. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  3. Toby Harnden (May 21, 2009). "Barack Obama to appoint Louis Susman American ambassador in London". Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  4. Tim Shipman (February 21, 2009). "Louis Susman: Obama's choice as London envoy: Barack Obama might very well owe his national political career to Louis Susman". Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  5. Ambassador Biography Archived 2015-09-07 at the Wayback Machine; Embassy of the United States; 2014
  6. Carol Felsenthal (February 10, 2010). "Our Man in London". Chicago magazine. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2013-06-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. Felsenthal, Carol (October 28, 2011). "Like father, like daughter — one bundler begets another". The Hill. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert H. Tuttle
U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Matthew Barzun
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