Susan Ritchie is a telecommunications and media industry veteran with experience working on senior management teams at multi-national corporations including Discovery Communications and AT&T. Ritchie joined the United States Department of State’s International Communications Information Policy group in 2013 where she managed digital economy policy issues including Internet, data flows, privacy, e-commerce, trade and telecommunications. She represented the U.S. in international fora including G-7, G-20, OECD and the International Telecommunications Union. She managed bi-lateral relationships for a number of large countries including Mexico and India, where she managed the U.S.-India ICT Working Group.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ritchie was Senior Vice President for Discovery Networks International where she launched new businesses in India and expanded the company’s geographic footprint and product portfolio in 190 markets worldwide. Ritchie also has a deep background in telecommunications, working in government affairs at U.S. companies, including AT&T, deploying broadband networks and services in the western United States. Ritchie has an M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications and B.A. degrees in political science and journalism from the University of Southern California.