Susan (Susie) L. Lees is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Allstate Corporation. She leads Allstate’s 1,400-person legal team to guide the company’s business strategy, ensure sound compliance and foster a healthy legal, legislative and regulatory environment.
Lees joined Allstate in 1988 and has moved up through the ranks, holding a variety of leadership positions with increasing responsibility, most notably in her previous role as senior vice president and deputy general counsel for Allstate Financial. During her extensive tenure at Allstate, Lees led a multitude of complex initiatives, including the company’s acquisition of American Heritage Life Insurance Company. While leading the corporate law division of Allstate’s law and regulation department, she gained extensive experience working with business areas throughout the corporation. Earlier in her career, Lees built a foundation of business acumen through professional sales roles at Celanese Corp. and Exxon Chemical.
She has been a champion of solutions to key societal issues and serves on The Allstate Foundation Board of Trustees. Lees also serves on the boards of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Association of Women Lawyers, Rand Institute for Civil Justice and the Institute for Legal Reform.
Lees holds an A.B. degree in political science from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.