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Raymond W. Smith is the Chairman of Rothschild Inc., and the Chairman of Arlington Capital Partners.
Prior to joining Arlington and Rothschild, Ray was Chairman of Verizon, then Bell Atlantic, from which he retired after ten years as the corporation’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. During that time, he re-fashioned Bell Atlantic into the largest communications firm in the country, positioning the company globally in the expanding markets of the future.
Under Ray’s leadership, Bell Atlantic acquired NYNEX in 1997 and announced the acquisition of GTE in 1998, two of the largest transactions in business history. In addition, it completed over 100 acquisitions and joint ventures, many under Ray’s leadership. In total, Bell Atlantic executed 29 international investments and joint ventures, 37 wireless acquisitions as well as investments in software integration, network integration and outsourcing.
Ray was named “CEO of the Year” by CNBC, “Top Manager” by BusinessWeek and “Chief Executive of the Year” by the International Television Association. He has been recognized by the Harvard Business Review as a pioneer in the transformation of corporate cultures.