Trail Blazer scout Nat Sutton dies

February 28, 2022 – Nat Sutton, Managing Director of ZRG Partners based in the firm’s New York office, has died. “I had the honor of working with Nat Sutton in his final chapter at ZRG,” said Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Nat was a unique person who brought passion and energy to everything he did. His experiences over the years at Citibank and Heidrick & Struggles have led Nat to incredible success in business and research. He has always been generous to share his wisdom and perspective and consider it an honor to have Nat on our team for what is certainly too short a time, Mr. Hartmann said. but his legacy and impact will live on at ZRG for many years to come.”

“Nat Sutton and I were managing partners and then vice president of Heidrick & Struggles,” said Dale Jones, senior adviser and former CEO of Diversified Search. “Nat was not just a research consultant. He was truly a Renaissance man. He was well traveled, well educated and spoke several languages. He often received his family and friends at his home in New York and Paris.

Nat had a passion for business, education and the arts, Mr Jones said. “He was also an exemplary writer and a leader in corporate communications. He has advised CEOs across industries on critical leadership issues. As an African American, Nat was a pioneer over 55 years ago in Corporate America’s C-suite. Although Mr Sutton took his job seriously, he also had an amazing sense of humour, Mr Jones said. “He never took himself too seriously. Nat led with humanity and determination. We will miss him dearly and are better off knowing him as a colleague and friend.

An 18-year veteran of executive search, he was previously a vice president at Heidrick & Struggles, where he grew the company’s education and nonprofit businesses from $3 million to $17.5 million. dollars in annual revenue.

Mr. Sutton has worked for leading corporations as well as a wide variety of major organizations in education, arts, culture and philanthropy. His client list includes Jazz at Lincoln Center, Volunteers of America of Greater New York, Howard University, The Dalton School, Hershey Trust Company, Ford Motor Company, National Geographic Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Bristol Myers Squibb, Citibank, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, The Charles D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The New York Blood Center and the National Aquarium Foundation.

Previous experience

Mr. Sutton began his career in Europe as a freelance journalist working for the International Herald Tribune. He returned to New York to begin his career in public relations and corporate communications at New York University Medical Center, working with its legendary leader, Dr. Howard Rusk. He was then recruited to Citibank, where he oversaw the company’s internal and external communications, investor communications, new media and creative services.

As head of the corporate client affairs group, Mr. Sutton developed Citi’s first global client service strategy and created Citibank’s first five-year public affairs plan for financial recovery. During his tenure, BusinessWeek recognized the company’s public relations group as one of the top ten in the world. Harvard Business School conducted a case study on Mr. Sutton’s contribution to the Five-Point Plan’s financial recovery communication strategy for employees around the world.

Mr. Sutton has served as a board member of CADCA, Houston Jazz and the Harvard Business School Club of NY. He is also a former board member of the League of American Orchestras, the American Folk Art Museum, and a former trustee of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. He is also past chairman of the board of trustees of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.

A graduate of Harvard Business School, AMP ’81 program, Mr. Sutton holds a BA from the City College of New York and a degree in international public affairs from the Center d’Etudes Industrielles in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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