Oscar Suris | Influence 100

Oscar Suris

Head of corporate communications
Wells Fargo & Company

As head of corporate communications for Wells Fargo, Cuban native Oscar Suris is the public relations counsel to the financial services giant’s management and its more than businesses. He directs the company’s media relations, with a focus on communicating the vision and values to employees, customers, communities, and shareholders.

Suris joined the company in September 2009, having previously served as director of corporate communications and development for Ford Motor Company, where he provided communications counsel for executive chairman Bill Ford and the automaker’s philanthropic arm, Ford Motor Company Fund & Community Services. He previously led Ford’s global corporate news and North American product communications teams, and before that was director of corporate communications at AutoNation, and the executive assistant to the publisher and chairman of The Miami Herald Publishing company. 

Please share a notable career highlight. 
Heading corporate communications for America's most valuable bank.

What is the most rewarding/challenging aspect about a career in communications/marketing?
Most rewarding: Helping others succeed. Most challenging: Leading through change.

What skills/experience will the CCO of the future need that may not be required today?
Speaking, writing and editing in multiple languages.

What skill/experience is required of today's CCO that might not be as relevant in the future?
We'll be adding to our skills, not reducing them.

Who or what inspires you to be your best? 
Having had the opportunity to become an American citizen. And my family.

What is on your must-read/view/listen to list? 
A reading list: "The Smartest Books We Know" by Fortune magazine.

Most interesting place you've traveled to?