Global Board Member Since: September 2013
Development Committee Member
Richard F. “Rick” Smith is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Equifax Inc., a global leader in consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions, providing businesses of all sizes and consumers with information they can trust.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax is a $2 billion company (NYSE: EFX) that is one of the largest sources of consumer and commercial information in the world, using differentiated data, advanced analytics and enabling technologies to create customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses as well as the lives of consumers.
Rick joined Equifax in September 2005 after more than two decades with General Electric Co. With his direction, the company has pursued a successful strategy focused on driving growth through new product innovation, emerging market opportunities (domestic and overseas), differentiated data and deepening customer relationships.
Prior to joining Equifax, Rick held several CEO, president and COO positions with GE, where he was appointed a Corporate Officer in 1999. In his last position with GE, Rick was COO of GE Insurance Solutions, where he led all GE Insurance operating business units, including property and casualty reinsurance, commercial lines insurance and life and health reinsurance. The global business totaled approximately $10 billion in revenues and over $50 billion in assets. His career at GE also included leadership roles as the President and CEO of the Global Asset Management Division, President and CEO of the Global Leasing Division and numerous leadership positions in the Engineering Thermoplastic Division.
In May 2010, Rick was inducted into Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College ‘Business Hall of Fame.’ He was the 2009 Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and now serves on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is the 2013 Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for Progress Board, and also serves on the board of directors for the Commerce Club. Additionally, he is Chairman of The Lovett School Governance Committee in Atlanta and serves on its Board of Trustees. Rick was recently appointed as Director Operation HOPE National Board, and is a Trustee for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. Rick is a former Director of the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta, a former Trustee for the Woodruff Arts Center, and Former Chairman of The Lovett School’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Rick earned a BS degree in 1981 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.