Linda Smith is a global management consultant with over 25 years’ experience coaching executives of Fortune 100 companies to produce high impact results. She advises executives in global strategic leadership, creating and leading high performance teams, leading organizational change and developing strategic alliances. Linda partners with clients to develop and implement pragmatic career and business solutions. She is particularly adept at analyzing people-related issues and identifying potential options and consequences.
She has spent many years coaching executives and teams in organizations such as: ABN AMRO; AIG; American Express; ArborGen; AT&T; Bandolino; Bank of America; Bank of New York; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Chase Manhattan Bank; Chrysler; Citigroup; Corning; DeVry Inc.; Discover Financial; Franklin Templeton; Fuji Bank; General Electric; General Motors; Gerdau; Gloria Vanderbilt; GMAC; Goldman Sachs; Honeywell; HSBC; Johnson & Johnson; J.P. Morgan Chase; King Pharmaceuticals; Kraft Foods; L’Oreal; MasterCard; Merck; Merrill Lynch; Microsoft; Morgan Stanley; Nine West; Nippon Life; Northrup Grumman; Ogilvy; Olympus; One to World; Ortho-Biotech; PepsiCo; Pfizer; Praxair; Price Waterhouse Coopers; Prime Fund Solutions; Putnam Investments; Rohm and Haas; Sony; Sumitomo Bank; The Asia Society; The New York Philharmonic; UCB Group; and UBS.
She also has extensive experience and a successful track record working with executives to improve their business acumen in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. In previous roles, she served as Senior Vice President of Organizational Consulting at Right Management; Global Diversity Director for Colgate-Palmolive Company; Assistant Vice President for The Private Bank at Bankers Trust Company; Manager of Administration for Fritz Companies.
Linda earned her M.A. in Speech Communication from San Francisco State University. She spent several years working in Thailand for German, Thai and U.S. corporations and organizations. She is a frequent keynote speaker, workshop leader and panel member on topics related to Global Leadership Effectiveness, Developing High Performance Teams, Leading Change, Influencing and Networking, Managing Paradoxes, Nurturing Cross-Functional Collaboration, Executive Presence, Cross-Cultural Awareness, and Diversity Management. She has taught courses at the graduate level on International Human Resource Management, Executive Coaching and International Training at New York University, New York Institute of Technology and Leadership Development at Thunderbird School of Global Management.