Senior Vice President of Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement
Suzanne Heidelberger is the Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement for American Express. Suzanne is charged with managing over 200 properties across 41 countries, while providing a safe and productive workplace for all AmEx employees. Her group leads all transactions, facilities management, food service, design and construction and real estate strategy functions.
Prior to joining American Express, Suzanne spent several years at Deutsche Bank, where she was Managing Director and Global Lead of Real Estate and Transaction Management, based in New York and London. There, she led efforts to optimize Deutsche Bank’s global footprint and worked with all lines of business to achieve superior financial results. She developed a high-performing real estate services team and transformed the organization to increase efficiency and consistency.
Earlier in her career, Suzanne led real estate for one of the world’s largest law firms: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In her role at the law firm, she created the corporate real estate function, not only hiring and training the team, but also developing the platform for strategic portfolio management, measurement, location planning, lease negotiation, construction management and business continuity.
Suzanne also served as Vice President of Finance, Strategy and Transactions at J.P. Morgan, overseeing an 8 million square foot portfolio; as well as an analyst and consultant for various firms, such as Apollo Real Estate Advisors and Ernst & Young.
Committed to the development of real estate professionals, Suzanne has served on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet, chaired its New York City Chapter, and served on the organization’s Learning and Women’s Committees. In addition, she serves of the Board of Directors of the Regional Plan Association, is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and is a member of the Cornell Real Estate Council and Cornell Hotel Society.
Suzanne lives in New York City with her husband, daughter and dog and enjoys traveling, meeting people and solving puzzles.