Sue Thirlwall

Senior Advisor

Sue brings to Norwest Venture Partners more than 30 years of experience as a senior general management executive with broad cross-functional leadership experience in operations, multi-unit, concept development and franchising. She has held strategic and tactical planning in restaurant, franchise, retail, on-demand, health, wellness, and beauty organizations.

Her career highlights include being the first professional CEO for Skin Laundry, a high growth skincare company, and first CEO for MiniLuxe where she dramatically strengthened concept, foundation, team and unit economics to raise venture funds for US expansion. Prior to this she pioneered YUM! Brands most profitable concept WingStreet from incubation stage to global brand with almost 5000 locations in the US and expanded world-wide; served on every key Pizza Hut Board and solely represented Pizza Hut on YUM’s Global Operations international task force.

Sue holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California Los Angeles. She serves on public company boards and is a popular guest speaker and lecturer. Her volunteer activities include service on multiple nonprofit boards including serving as the Vice President and as an Executive Committee Member on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board.

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