PHILADELPHIA, PA — Diversified Search Group announced that Lauren E. Smith will become Co-Head of the firm’s board and governance practice to expand the firm’s impact in the boardroom. Smith will share leadership of the practice with Veronica Biggins.
Smith has earned a national reputation for her work in the boardroom with the National Association of Corporate Directors and was again named to the NACD Directorship 100 as a top governance professional. Deeply committed to strong corporate governance and board composition, she is the current Chair, Nominating & Governance, and past President, NACD Florida Chapter and a NACD Certified Director. Smith joined Diversified Search Group in 2008 as Managing Director and has recruited senior executives from a broad range of industries for C-Suite and boardroom positions.
“Lauren’s passion for how our firm can make a difference in the boardroom is infectious. I am thrilled to have her join Veronica Biggins, who founded our practice, and is a widely recognized and highly regarded leader in the industry,” said Aileen Alexander, Chief Executive Officer. “Working together in this growing area will enable us to expand our reach to have an impact in even more corporate boardrooms.”
“So many companies are transforming to face today’s dynamic world and the changing technology landscape – the right board and board structure can help them do so more effectively. Our firm is uniquely positioned to help companies to build strategic asset boards with multi-dimensional diversity and I am looking forward to co-leading the growth of our board practice,” said Lauren E. Smith, Managing Partner & Co-Head, Board Practice.
Judith von Seldeneck, Founder and Chair of Diversified Search said, “Lauren has been instrumental in contributing to the growth of our board practice over the last decade. She is known for her strong relationships with both clients and candidates and her insightful engagement with boards. We are excited to have her step into this leadership role.”
Smith started her search career in 2000, where she helped design and execute Egon Zehnder’s first board assessments. Before moving into executive search, Lauren held marketing and strategy leadership roles at two Fortune 50 companies – Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Motorola Inc. Lauren has lived and worked in Europe and Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. She has a BS from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.