Susan Q. Davis, CEO
Susan Davis has been given a gift. With a French mother and a Minnesotan father, and a lifetime of living the two cultures, she now leads an American company that makes French bakery products.
Born in St. Benoit la Forêt, a tiny town in France, Susan grew up in East Oakland, California. After her studies, Susan settled in France for several years. She worked as a bilingual administrative assistant and basked in French culture, enjoying “the life.” Her re-acquaintance with her French heritage propelled her to return to UC Berkeley for a B.A. in French Literature, and to this day she remains one of Proust’s loyal devotees.
Soon after, Susan joined Lunette Cartier, the eyeglass division of Cartier, as National Sales Manager. With this position, she combined her bicultural background with her passion for beautiful products.
In 1987, Susan joined Donsuemor, learning to handle every aspect of the business. In 1997, Susan was named Chief Executive Officer. “I believe a business should provide the customer with the best product available and provide its employees with the best work environment possible,” Susan says, adding “employees who are valued as individuals will also be more dedicated and produce a product of superior quality and beauty.”
Susan currently resides in the Bay Area with her husband and five children, and regularly travels back to France. True to her heritage, she enjoys good food, good wine, and maintains her joie de vivre.