He joined Edelman’s Seattle in 2009 and rose to lead the office’s its corporate and PA practice.
Prior to work at the No. 1 independent firm, Smith held the senior VP slot at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, where he led the technology-oriented shop’s PA, issues management, crisis and CSR offerings.
Smith has a wealth of overseas corporate experience gained from stints at Japan Tobacco International (VP-global affairs & communications in Moscow and Geneva) and RJ Reynolds (senior director-corporate affairs in Moscow).
He also worked as a commercial officer for the State Dept. with postings in Russia (Moscow and Vladivostok) and Uzbekistan (Tashkent).
In announcing Smith’s hiring, Nelson Fernandez, North America chair, said his ability to “navigate reputational challenges, corporate communications crises and complex geopolitical issues” is at the core of APCO’s mission.