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Richard ‘Rick’ Smith: A Seasoned Company Executive

The appointment of Richard ‘Rick’ Smith as the chief executive officer of Securus Technologies, Inc. in 2008 marked a significant step towards organizational success. This is because he brings an unrivalled breath of experience as a successful company executive who guided large corporations to significant operational and financial success. His excellent executive management background and skill set will drive the telecommunication company specializing in public safety and law enforcement based in Dallas, Texas to significant success. His extensive experience and track record holding such executive positions in his previous professional career played a key role in his appointment.

Career History

Before joining the leadership of Securus Technologies, Inc, Rick Smith has already carved a name for himself as one of leading company executives especially in the telecoms industry. He spent a significant part of his professional career working at Global Crossing North America Inc., previously known as Frontier Corp where he held between 1972 and 1998. At the company, he held several executive and top management positions including serving as the company’s vice president in charge of the company’s financial management docket, business development director and chief information officer among others.

Upon leaving the company, Rick Smith joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. in 1998 where his management acumen saw him excel in various positions he held. He served as the company’s chief financial officer up to 2000 before serving as the chief operating officer between 1999 and 2003. His role overlapped with his previous position at the finance docket; an indication of his professional versatility. He also doubled up as the company’s president and chief operations officer between 2000 and 2003. Before leaving the company in 2007, he was appointed as the chief executive officer in 2003. He left a stellar track record at company having helped the company launch a successful initial public offer (IPO) in 2005 and increasing the company’s value from to $350 million up from $50 million when he joined. He previously served on the board of directors at Eschelon Technologies Inc. from 2000 while he is currently serving in the same position at Integra Telecom Co. Ltd. Visit LinkedIn and follow Rick’s profile.

Management Policy

As the president, owner and board of directors’ chairman at Securus Technolgies, inc, Rick Smith has pursued an expansionist business strategy marked by acquisitions and spotting of talented and visionary leaders to add to the management team. The acquisitions such as that of JPay are strategic because it will help the company improve its footprints within the public safety and law enforcement industry. Read more on Crunchbase.com.

Academic Background

Rick Smith holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from State University of New York as well as Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester. He got his first engineering degree, a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from State University of New York’s Buffalo Campus. He is also holds an associate’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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