Frederick W. Smith FedEx Executive Leadership: Chairman and CEO

 Frederick W. Smith is chairman and CEO of FedEx Corp., a $65 billion global transportation, business services, and logistics company.

Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corp. and its operating companies, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight. Since founding FedEx in 1971, he has been an active proponent of regulatory reform, free trade, and ‘open skies agreements’ for aviation around the world. Most recently, he has advocated for vehicle energy-efficiency standards and a national energy policy.

Smith is co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council, a trustee for the United States Council for International Business, and a member of the Business Roundtable. He served as chairman of the US-China Business Council and is co-chairman of the French-American Business Council. He has also served on the boards of several large public companies and on the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mayo Foundation boards. He was formerly chairman of the board of governors for the International Air Transport Association and the US Air Transport Association.

 

Smith has received numerous civic, academic, and business awards, including the Global Leadership Award from the US-India Business Council, the George C. Marshall Foundation Award, and the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, served as co-chairman of both the US World War II Memorial Project and the campaign for the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and was named a top CEO by Barron’s and Chief Executive magazines.

Born in 1944 in Marks, Mississippi, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1966. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970.

Recently, FedEx Corp., once again ranked among the most admired companies in the world, according to a survey published in FORTUNE magazine. This is the 19th consecutive year that FedEx has ranked among the top 20 in the FORTUNE Most Admired Companies List, with 15 of those years ranking among the top 10.

The annual ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ report released lists FedEx as the No. 10 ranked company overall.  The survey measures nine attributes related to financial performance and corporate reputation.

Furthermore, FedEx Corp., is busy rebranding itself as FedEx Logistics. The new name describes the company’s ability to meet its customers’ increasingly complex and industry-specific supply chain, transportation, value-added services, and brokerage needs. FedEx Logistics provides specialty solutions that complete a simple, seamless and powerful global trade experience for FedEx customers around the world.