Susan Permut


BS, Cornell University
JD, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania


Susan I. Permut is an accomplished business executive and recognized corporate attorney who has worked closely with CEOs and boards of directors in a rapidly changing technology environment. She is known as a practical results-oriented business leader. Until the completion of the merger of EMC with Dell Technologies in September 2016, she served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary at EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), a $25 billion global public technology company in Hopkinton.

Susan has had a close ongoing working relationship with the EMC board, and is valued for her sound judgment on complex strategic issues.  In 2010, NACD’s New England Chapter recognized EMC’s board of directors as Board of the Year. She has a reputation as a thought leader with significant expertise in corporate governance and shareholder relations.

Susan initiated and, over the past 20 years, developed the corporate governance program at EMCwell before this was common in the U.S. She has deep experience in all aspects of board work, including shareholder engagement, shareholder activism, and compliance. She is often sought out for her expertise within a large network of U.S. and international corporate governance professionals, including institutional investors, public pension and labor funds, issuers, advisory firms and academics.

Susan has a passion for high quality results and a keen sense of urgency. She is highly analytical and is a skilled strategic advisor with strong negotiation skills.  She has been recognized for creating lasting results through consensus building, collaboration and fostering individual empowerment. She is skilled in M&A transactions, governance and securities law, and corporate compliance.

Susan has extensive professional and non-profit experience as a director of and an advisor to several organizations. She currently serves on the board of trustees of Dean College in Franklin and its Audit Committee.  She is on the advisory boards of Northeastern University School of Law’s NuLawLab and the Elon University School of Law.  She is past co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Corporate Law Committee.

She previously was on the board of directors of the society for corporate governance and on the board of directors of the Council of Institutional Investors. She has served on the board of directors of the Northeast chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Susan is a frequent speaker on corporate governance and shareholder relations topics.  She was a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on the delineation between the roles of shareholders and boards of directors and on the working group on the advisory vote on executive compensation.  She has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University Law School, Boston University School of Law, and Bentley University.

Susan’s many honors include recognition by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as an In-House Leader in the Law in 2008.  She led the team that won Corporate Secretary Magazine’s 2009 Corporate Governance Team of the Year (Large Cap Company) and was honored by Boston Women’s Business in 2010 as one of the Top 10 Corporate Lawyers in the region. She helped lead the EMC legal department to win the 2013 National Law Journal Boston Best Legal Department award and was chosen as one of the Corporate Counsel Magazine’s 100 United States Rising Stars in 2014.  She most recently helped lead the EMC legal department to be placed on Legal 500’s GC Powerlist Top 100 U.S. In-House Legal Teams in 2015.

Previously, Susan was an attorney at Damon Corporation in Needham an associate at Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston and an associate at Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, CA.

Susan received a BS from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania.



3 credits

This course will cover key issues in corporate governance. While basic concepts and principles will be addressed, including the relevant legal framework and the roles of different players such as Boards of Directors, management and shareholders, the emphasis will be on current developments in this important and rapidly evolving field. The course will include lectures and in-class discussion, as well as role-playing exercises intended to present students with "real-world" situations faced by practitioners in the corporate governance field. Homework assignments will focus substantially on recent experiences of U.S. public corporations. Drafting assignments will include sample client memos, proxy disclosure, written presentations to Boards of Directors and reaction papers. Readings will include current articles, whitepapers, policies, SEC filings and website postings. We will also study relevant statutes, SEC rules, case law and commentaries. We will have governance experts representing multiple constituencies as guest instructors. The course grade will be based on drafting assignments, contributions to in-class activities and thoughtful participation in class discussions. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 15 students. PREREQUISITE: Corporations. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: A student who fails to attend the first class or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the class. Students who are on the wait list are required to attend the first meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 808 A1 , Sep 5th to Dec 5th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Susan Permut LAW
FALL 2018: LAW JD 808 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 4th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Thu 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Susan Permut
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