Nathaniel J. Sutton

Board Member

"Drug abuse and addiction take a terrible toll on families—rich, poor and middle-class—around the country. They rob people of jobs, educational opportunity, self-respect and sometimes their very lives. CADCA and its members work to combat drug and alcohol abuse where that fight is most immediate and effectively fought—the city, towns and communities across the county where people live and work."

 Nathaniel J. Sutton is a Vice Chairman of Heidrick and Struggles, based in New York. He works with high profile corporate and nonprofit organizations to build successful, forward-looking leadership and senior management teams. Mr. Sutton’s clients include Ford Motor Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb, MasterCard, TIAA-CREF as well as AARP, the Executive Leadership Council, Volunteers of America – Greater New York, American Lung Association, and the American Diabetes Association, Columbia University, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Covenant House International, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Howard University and the Annenberg Foundation.

Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Nat served as Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications for Citigroup.  Nat joined Citibank in 1968 as a speechwriter for its legendary chairman, Walter Wriston.  From 1988 to 2000, he directed Corporate Communications for Citibank, where he developed and managed the company’s highly successful communications initiatives during its Five Point Plan financial recovery.  In this position, he oversaw the corporation’s Internal and External Communications, Investor Communications, New Media and Creative Services.  Previously, he headed the Corporate Customer Affairs Group, developing the company’s first global customer service strategy.  He also developed Citibank’s first five-year public affairs strategy, which led to BusinessWeek’s recognition of the company’s public relations group as one of the world’s ten best.

From 1962 to 1968, Nat served as Director of Public Relations for the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, and worked closely with the renowned Dr. Howard Rusk to bring rehabilitation medicine and occupational therapy to underdeveloped countries around the world.

Nat is a Board Member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and a Trustee of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.  He served as Chairman and CEO of the Private Industry Council of New York City. In that capacity, he was responsible for revitalizing the voluntary group that brings together the private sector and government to improve the quality of New York’s workforce and create employment opportunities for its citizens.

Nat holds a B.A. degree from City College of New York, a diploma from Centre d’Etudes Industrielles (Geneva, Switzerland). He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, having graduated from their Advanced Management Program (AMP).