Suzanne Apple, of Atlanta, Georgia, retired from the World Wildlife Fund U.S. in December 2015, having served as Senior Vice President of Private Sector Engagement since January 2014. In this role, she led the corporate engagement activities for WWF-U.S. including work around responsible sourcing and sustainable business practices, corporate philanthropy and cause-related marketing. Suzanne and her team had an annual revenue goal of approximately $14M and worked with companies that included Procter & Gamble, Sodexo, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Hilton, Cargill, General Mills and others. In addition, she led and managed WWF-U.S.’s largest corporate partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, which was recently renewed through 2020. Suzanne served as WW-U.S.’s representative on WWF International’s Global Partnerships Committee, an international governance body overseeing corporate partnerships for the WWF Network.
Prior to her role with Private Sector Engagement, Suzanne served as acting Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Policy and as a Senior Fellow with WWF’s Global Forest Program and as Vice President of Business & Industry for WWF U.S. She helped launch the Global Forest and Trade Network in North America and managed corporate partnerships with U.S.-based corporations engaged in the global procurement of wood and wood products.
Before joining WWF, Suzanne served as Vice President, Community Affairs and Environmental Programs for The Home Depot from January 1992 until October 2002, where she managed the company’s annual community relations and charitable contributions budget of over $30M, and its sustainability and environmental programs. The company was ranked number one in corporate social responsibility in the Harris Interactive/Wall Street Journal survey on corporate reputation and the company rose to fourth in corporate reputation. She joined The Home Depot after a career in the banking and finance, corporate marketing and communications.
Suzanne serves on the Advisory Committee of the Bio-Plastics Feedstock Alliance, as a Trustee of The Atlanta Girls School and as a Trustee of Hix and Bertha Green Family Foundation.