Derek V. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of ChoicePoint
"Risk Revolution: The Dangerous and Growing Gap between Technology and Human Insight" Smith has served as ChoicePoint's CEO since the company went public in 1997, adding the chairman's responsibilities two years later. As the company has grown, Smith and the company's senior leadership have recognized that the two areas in which ChoicePoint has the greatest expertise are in identifying and helping to address the economic and physical risks faced daily by American consumers and businesses. Under Smith's leadership, ChoicePoint's work doing pre-employment background checks extends beyond corporate America deep into the heart of the country's nonprofit community. Over a three-year period ChoicePoint found more than 86,000 people with undisclosed criminal convictions applying to work with children or other at-risk populations. Of those, more than 500 were convicted sex offenders. Guided by Smith's desire to make society safer through the appropriate use of information, ChoicePoint forged a relationship with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). This partnership provides NCMEC with access to ChoicePoint's data, software and manpower and has led to the recovery of more than 80 children in recent years. Smith is the author of two books on privacy, "The Risk Revolution: Threats Facing America and Technology's Promise for a Safer Tomorrow" and "A Survival Guide in the Information Age." Smith holds an undergraduate degree from Penn State and a graduate degree from Georgia Tech.
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