Susie Nam: Chief Operating Officer

  • Susie has lived in 10 cities in three countries and has had three completely different professions, but she considers Minneapolis her hometown and advertising her career.

    She started at George magazine following the presidential campaign trail, then went to The New York Times as Features Editor for their first-ever online edition. She then moved into advertising at Deutsch NY to work on IKEA and LensCrafters, before stepping out of the rat race to attend London School of Economics for a master’s in urban planning. After completing her studies, she consulted on economic and transport planning in England—including visits to Roman archeological digs and the bullring in Birmingham. Upon returning stateside, she headed back to advertising and found a home at Fallon working with the Islands of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism, TIME magazine and Nestlé Purina.

    She joined Droga5 in 2009 as a Group Account Director and rose through the ranks to become Head of Account Management, and, in 2013, General Manager of the New York office. In 2015, Susie was appointed COO and has been a key driving force behind the agency’s success.

    As COO of Droga5, Susie Nam oversees all business operations of the agency—from oversight of key accounts to marshaling departments to scale and adapt to growth to designing systems and culture to deliver breakthrough ideas—all in effort to drive influence for clients on their businesses.

    Throughout her tenure at Droga5, Susie serves as a senior leader, champion, and advocate for diversity and inclusion. She is Executive Advisor to D+iQ, Droga5’s diversity and inclusion initiative, and has an unwavering belief that diversity is inseparable from the influential creative work Droga5 is known to produce. Susie was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors of ADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries.

    She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, Miles and Stella.