President, Barnegat Bay Capital, Inc.
Edward J. Smith is an independent director and corporate finance and governance consultant. He has been a director and member of the audit committee of four public companies since 2003. Each company had active internal and external growth program in place. As a director, Mr. Smith was involved in three company sales, over 15 merger or acquisition projects, three management succession processes and two independent accounting investigations. He has chaired each of the three required board committees. In 2006 and 2007, he taught a seminar in corporate governance at Yale University. He is a Board Leadership Fellow and holds a Certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Currently, Mr. Smith is a director for the New Jersey Chapter of NACD and a trustee and treasurer of Saint Thomas More Chapel and Catholic Student Center at Yale University. Mr. Smith was a director, chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating and Governance committee of ATS Corporation (a $130 million provider of systems integration and other strategic IT services to U.S. federal government agencies) which was sold to a private equity buyer in 2012. He was a director of Cognex Corporation (the worldâs leading supplier of machine vision systems). Mr. Smith was a director of Global Imaging Systems a $1.1 billion office imaging company which was sold to Xerox in 2007 for $1.5 billion. He was also a director and chairman of the compensation committee of Fargo Electronics (a global leader in secure technologies for card identity systems) which was sold to Assa Abloy of Sweden in 2006 for $325 million.
In 2001, prior to his board service, Mr. Smith founded a corporate finance and board governance consulting firm, Barnegat Bay Capital. Previously he was a Managing Director in investment banking at Prudential Securities, Merrill Lynch, Shearson Lehman Brothers and Kidder Peabody for 30 years. In those roles he completed over 250 financing transactions and 50 M&A assignments primarily for small and medium sized companies.
Mr. Smith earned an A.B. degree in Philosophy from Yale University in 1970 and an MBA degree in Finance from Harvard Business School in 1972.