Oscar Suris: Power List 2015

EVP, head of corporate communications, Wells Fargo

2015 rank: 29
2014 rank: 32

By Ray Day, group VP, communications, Ford Motor Co.

When potential employees ask what we seek in new members joining Ford’s communications team, the response is simple: We value communicators who are strategic, aggressive, and connected. All three are fitting ways to describe Oscar Suris.

Having worked with Oscar from his time as a respected reporter at The Wall Street Journal to him leading corporate communications at Ford, I came to admire his passion, positive attitude, personable style, and strong ability to see complex issues and situations as they are today, but also what they could be in the future.

Oscar helped us navigate the toughest days of the global economic downturn. He was part of the team that changed our communications model from skilled defense to aggressive offense. He cares deeply about the people with whom he works, and encourages an equal dedication to the community and family – including his own.

It has been rewarding to see Oscar grow in his role at Wells Fargo – steering his team and organization to a doubling of responsibility after merging with Wachovia in 2008.Oscar is a great teacher and has a mission to inspire others with what he’s learned: Our profession is fortunate to have him as a colleague, mentor, and friend.

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