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September 11 2013

Equifax CEO Rick Smith Joins Operation HOPE’s National Board of Directors


Smith to help steer HOPE initiatives to boost financial empowerment

ATLANTA – September 12, 2013 – Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today the appointment of Equifax Chairman and CEO Richard F. “Rick” Smith to its National Board of Directors. Smith’s extensive executive experience and commitment to HOPE’s Silver Rights Mission will help affirm the organization’s position as the global leader for financial dignity.

“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Smith as a member of the Operation HOPE National Board of Directors.  His participation and leadership will further HOPE’s work to empower youth and adults in underserved communities,” said HOPE President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Walbrecher. "We are confident that HOPE’s ‘silver rights’ mission -- to make free enterprise work for everyone, will be lifted to new heights as a result of Mr. Smith’s contributions and guidance.”

Smith 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, Smith held several executive positions with GE, where he was appointed a Corporate Officer in 1999. In his last position with GE, Smith was COO of GE Insurance Solutions, where he led all GE Insurance operating business units. 

In May 2010, Smith 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. Smith is also a Trustee for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. 

HOPE’s National Board is comprised of some of the country’s most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists. These individuals play an essential role in driving HOPE’s Silver Rights Movement to expand economic opportunity, and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible to underserved communities. A complete 2013 list of HOPE Boards may be viewed online.

About Equifax

Equifax is a global leader in consumer, commercial and workforce information solutions that provide businesses of all sizes and consumers with insight and information they can trust. Equifax organizes and assimilates data on more than 500 million consumers and 81 million businesses worldwide, and uses advanced analytics and proprietary technology to create and deliver customized insights that enrich both the performance of businesses and the lives of consumers. 

Headquartered in Atlanta, Equifax operates or has investments in 18 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index.  Its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. In 2013, Equifax was named a Bloomberg BusinessWeek Top 50 company, was #3 in Fortune’s Most Admired list in its category, and was named to InfoWeek 500 as well as the FinTech 100. For more information, please visit

About Operation HOPE

Operation HOPE (HOPE) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting financial literacy and dignity through various educational programs and initiatives. HOPE’s National Board of Directors is comprised of some of the country’s most influential executives and decision-makers in banking and economics. These individuals play an essential role in driving HOPE’s “silver rights” movement to expand economic opportunity and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible to underserved communities. A complete list of Operation HOPE board members is available online. To learn more about Operation HOPE, visit, follow us on Twitter, @operationhope, and like us on Facebook.