SVP, Corporate Development & Investment
Susan Viscon is senior vice president of REI’s Corporate Development and Investment group – a new venture arm dedicated to accelerating the success of founders of color in the outdoor industry. Her team’s work focuses on addressing the challenges that founders of color face and leveraging REI's capabilities, resources, customers, and capital so they can grow and scale their businesses faster. Together, their goal is to create an outdoor industry where economic opportunity and success reflects the true diversity of people who love, protect and share life outside.
Viscon has been closely engaged with the broader outdoor industry and vendors through her years of leading the REI Merchandising and Co-op Brands teams. She was recognized by Sporting Goods Business magazine as one of the “40 under 40” leaders of influence in the outdoor industry. Most recently she served as a member of the Camber Outdoors board, including terms as the board president. She is also a graduate of the respected Leadership Tomorrow program in Seattle. Viscon joined REI in 1997 and enjoys hiking, skiing and travel with her family.