Susan Magrino is an accomplished marketing, branding and public relations professional with more than 30 distinguished years of experience. Having founded Susan Magrino Agency in 1992 following a nine-year career at Crown Publishing, Susan has built the company into what is today regarded as one of the premier public relations firms in the industry. Operating under lifestyle divisions of consumer good, travel, real estate, food, wine, and spirits, Magrino has and continues to work with leading brands worldwide, including Dean & DeLuca, The Fontainebleau, William Grant & Sons, Moët Hennessy, Whispering Angel, Patek Philippe, Baccarat Residences, Hästens beds, Hunter Douglas, Martha Stewart, Farrow & Ball, White House interior designer Michael Smith, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, The James Beard Awards, Waldorf Astoria, Tishman Speyer, Related Companies and The New York Times, among many others.
Over the course of her career, Susan has been instrumental in building and publicizing some of the world’s most prestigious brands including: Martha Stewart, with whom she has worked since 1983 on all aspects of the brand including television, publishing, digital, retail and events; national retail companies including Macy’s, Dillard’s and Kmart; internationally-renowned hospitality brands Virgin Atlantic Airways, One & Only Resorts and Qatar Airways; the re-launch of the historic Miami Beach hotel Fontainebleau featuring the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the re-launch of New York’s legendary Plaza hotel; culinary, wine and spirits leaders ranging from Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot to Lavazza Coffee to chefs Alain Ducasse, Daniel Boulud, and Gordon Ramsay; media brands from Harper’s Bazaar to Reader’s Digest; international cosmetics and skincare companies including Dr. Hauschka and many more.
Throughout her international travels Susan has amassed a formidable range of contacts within business, media, travel and culinary worlds. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she has established a scholarship and is active in alumni events. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Glass House, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Additionally, She has served on Boards including Literacy Partners and Manitoga: The Russel Wright Design Center, and is active in supporting charities benefiting food, design and culture. She and her husband James Dunning, Jr. live in Manhattan and in New Canaan, Connecticut.