BOSTON — Suffolk announced the hiring of Max Reed as Vice President of Accelerated Talent Development to bolster the company’s talent development operation with its people of color and help progress its diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives.
Mr. Reed will initially focus on developing Suffolk’s mentorship program for its diverse employees to ensure all Black, Latinx and employees of color are receiving support and the appropriate coaching to successfully grow and expand their careers at the organization.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with Max Reed, alongside Linda Dorcena Forry and our Anti-Racism Action Planning Group, to further Suffolk’s commitment and progress on creating a more diverse and inclusive work environment at Suffolk,” said John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk.
“Now more than ever, organizations need to commit to creating a safe and equitable workplace for their employees because it is the right thing to do and it helps to recruit and retain the best people,” said Max Reed. “I am excited to take on this important role to help the Suffolk team build on its diverse talent and coach and mentor the leaders of tomorrow.”
Mr. Reed has a wealth of experience in business, academia and public service. Mr. Reed is currently an adjunct professor in strategic planning and management at Northwestern University and teaches leadership and managerial economics at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Prior to joining Suffolk, Mr. Reed served as the Senior Vice President of Degree Programs at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he led all functions relating to the Leadership MBA, including strategy, marketing, operations and customer experience. During his time there, he increased enrollment year over year, reduced attrition by 11% over three years and significantly increased the student satisfaction rating.
Mr. Reed has held executive leadership positions at three Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, IBM and CDW. Mr. Reed is a veteran of the United States Navy. He also sits on the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center board and the SGA Youth Services board in Chicago.
The hiring of Mr. Reed continues a recent spate of Suffolk senior leadership hires from innovative, global companies, including Suffolk Chief Financial Officer Puneet Mahajan from GE, Suffolk Chief Marketing Officer Lea Stendahl from E*TRADE, Suffolk Chief Culture Officer Dennis Berger from CDW Corporation and Ann Klee from GE as Executive Vice President. These hires have bolstered the prestige of Suffolk’s leadership team and helped build a strong foundation for strategic future growth.