Global Conference 2016

Speaker's Biography

Jeffrey Smith

Managing Member, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Starboard Value LP


Jeffrey Smith is managing member, CEO and chief investment officer at Starboard Value LP. Starboard is a New York City-based investment advisory firm with a focused, fundamental and active approach to investing in U.S. publicly traded companies. Starboard has a 13-year track record and approximately $4.5 billion in assets under management. Over the last decade, Starboard has been among the most active change-agent investors in the world, having added or replaced about 150 members on nearly 50 public-company boards. Smith has served on many of those boards, including as chairman. He currently is chairman of Darden Restaurants, where Starboard successfully advocated for the replacement of the entire board in 2014. Smith holds a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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