Dennis Lockhart, Rick Smith to join GSU hall of fame

By Maria Saporta
Friday, April 9, 2010

Two key Atlanta executives will be inducted into Georgia State University’s 26th Business Hall of Fame on May 13 at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta hotel.

GSU’s Robinson College of Business is awarding the Hall of Fame honor to Dennis Lockhart, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and Rick Smith, chairman and CEO of Equifax Inc.

They will join a group of 70 influential business leaders, primarily from metro Atlanta, in the Hall of Fame.

“We are delighted that Dennis and Rick accepted our invitation,” said H. Fenwick Huss, dean of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. “They are great role models for our students and they are great global business leaders.”

Both Lockhart and Smith “have distinguished themselves as leaders in their respective fields,” according to Parker H. “Pete” Petit, who chairs the Robinson College’s board of advisors.

Lockhart became president of the Atlanta Fed on March 1, 2007, after a long career in banking and international affairs. From 2003 to 2007, he served on the faculty of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

For most of his career — from 1971 to 1988, Lockhart was with Citicorp/Citibank (now Citigroup). He spent about half of that time working in Atlanta serving as Citibank’s senior corporate officer of the Southeast office.

Smith has been CEO of Equifax since September 2005.

Before joining the credit reporting giant, Smith spent more than two decades with General Electric Co., his latest post was as chief operating officer of GE Insurance Solutions.

Other roles he had at GE included serving as president and CEO of the Global Asset Management Division, and as president and CEO of the Global Leasing Division.

Smith also has been involved in the Atlanta community. He is past chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. He serves on the boards of the Commerce Club, the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Atlanta Committee for Progress.

Lockhart and Smith will join a prestigious group of business and civic leaders previously inducted into the GSU Business Hall of Fame. They include retired Coca-Cola CEO Neville Isdell, retired Georgia-Pacific CEO Pete Correll, former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, the late J.B. Fuqua and Ted Turner.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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