Brad Smith: CEO of Intuit and Black-Belt Karate Teacher

Brad Smith is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the over 40-billion-dollar business and financial software company Intuit Inc. The seasoned executive has led Intuit for nearly a decade and has a strong general management background in both the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer industries. He has a proven track record of improving shareholder value through developing strategic plans, building high performing organizations and increasing operational efficiency in both turn-around and high-growth situations. He credits much of his success to the discipline he gained through his martial arts training and the career advice offered to him by his father.

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The Mountain View, Calif.-based software provider develops and sells financial, accounting and tax prep software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals. The tech company owns and operates popular tax filing service TurboTax and personal finance app Mint.

Smith joined Intuit in 2003 and has held a variety of roles including Vice President & General Manager of Accounting Central & Developer Network, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Intuit Consumer Tax Group and Senior Vice President & General Manager of Intuit Small Business Division. In the most latter role, Brad was accountable for the full profit and loss of the $1 billion business unit and oversaw over 2,500 employees as he developed growth strategies for Intuit’s QuickBooks, Quicken and Payroll Products.

Before Intuit, Smith served as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at ADP. For seven years at the NJ-based human resources software giant, Brad provided the direction for all Employer Services marketing and business development activities across six strategic business units. He also has management experience at companies including direct mail marketing company ADVO Inc., Brooks Beverage Management Inc. and Pepsi Bottling Group.

Smith received a BA in Marketing from Marshall University and a masters in Management and Leadership Development from Aquinas College. In high school, the tech executive began studying martial arts at a local dojo, a practice he says continues to impact his life to this day.

Upon graduating college, Brad received valuable advice from his father regarding pursuing a career path based on the franchise, rather than the role. As a result, Smith looked for purpose-driven companies that would challenge him and provide him with opportunities to grow rather than positions that would grant him the highest compensation. In this way, he could pave his way to the top with hard work.