Lauren E. Smith is Managing Director in the Miami office of Diversified Search. She started her career in executive search in 2000 with Egon Zehnder and has conducted senior-level executive search assignments for companies ranging from multinational corporations to high-growth early-stage organizations. She specializes in working with companies that are growing and/or transforming into new markets and businesses. Ms. Smith has placed executives and or board members at clients such as Winn-Dixie, Kaplan Higher Ed, Education Management Corporation, DHL, Office Depot, Apple, Novell, Tupperware and Citrix. She has also led searches for the CEOs and other leaders of private equity backed companies such as Bain Capital, HIG Capital and Broadview Capital.
Before moving into executive search, Lauren served as Director of Business Development at Motorola. She also served a Motorola joint-venture as Vice President, Marketing & Customer Operations in Bogotá, Colombia, where she created and managed the brand and marketing team for this start-up wireless communications network services operation. At Westinghouse Electric Corporation, she held several marketing roles where she developed and executed new business entry strategies. Lauren has lived and/or worked in Ecuador, Colombia, Spain and France. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently.
Professional Activities & Achievements
South Florida Business Journal, Most Influential Business Woman
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida Chapter, Advisory Board
Greater Miami Chamber, Board Member, Trustee, Past Chair Chairman’s Circle
H. Wayne Huizenga School, Nova Southeastern University, Board of Governors
South Florida Human Resource Forum, Co-Chair
Florida’s ION member, Women Executive Leadership, Advisory Board
Women Corporate Directors, Member
Miami-Dade United Way, Past Cabinet Member
MBA, International Business, Thunderbird School of International Management
BS, Business Management, Pennsylvania State University