Frederick W. Smith is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Corporation, a $37-billion global transportation, business services and logistics company that serves more than 220 countries and territories around the world.
Since founding FedEx in 1971, Smith 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 has served on the boards of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mayo Foundation Boards. He is Co-Chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council, served as Chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and is the current Chairman of the French-American Business Council. In addition, Smith received the George C. Marshall Foundation Award; the Marine for Life Award from the United States Marine Corps; the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s John Wooden Global Leadership Award; the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National Aeronautics Association; and 2010 CEO Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. He is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, served as Co-Chairman of the U.S. World War II Memorial Project, served as a Director of five other NYSE companies, and was named among the world’s best CEOs by BARRON’S magazine.
Born in 1944 in Marks, Miss., Smith attended Yale University, where he earned a B.A. degree. Smith served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1970.