As Vice President of Global Trade Services, Richard W. Smith leads all U.S. based international operations for FedEx Express, the largest FedEx operating company, based in Memphis, Tennessee. He is responsible for ensuring global regulatory compliance, providing customers with regulatory assistance, measuring and improving global clearance performance, providing planning and engineering support, developing and implementing U.S. International line haul solutions, maximizing U.S. export freight profitability and designing and executing specialized services for the life sciences industry and other target verticals.
Growing up alongside the company in Memphis, Tennessee; Richard developed a deep passion and understanding of the valuable role logistics serves in connecting people and goods, and in creating economic growth. He received the top FedEx employee honor, the Five Star Award, in 2012 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the business. In 2010, he was voted one of Memphis’ “Top 40 Under 40” by the Memphis Business Journal.
Prior to his current role, Richard joined FedEx Services in 2005 as a Senior Solutions Analyst. In 2007 he became a Manager over Supply Chain Solutions. He was promoted to Managing Director of Life Sciences & Specialty Services at FedEx Express in 2009, and in 2013 he gained the U.S. International department of Global Trade Services. He is currently the Vice President of Global Trade Services as of April 2014.
Richard earned his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and his Juris Doctor from the University Of Mississippi School Of Law. He serves on the following Boards: The Greater Memphis Chamber (and its Aerotropolis Steering Committee as well as its Chairman’s Circle as a Co-Chair), the Coalition of Services Industries and Launch Tennessee. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI).