Stephen R. Smith is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Amsted Industries, a diversified global manufacturer of industrial components serving primarily the railroad, vehicular and construction and building markets. Mr. Smith joined AMSTED in 2005 as President of Amsted Rail, became General Counsel in 2007, and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Mr. Smith is a member of the Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees for Manufacturers Alliance.
Prior to joining AMSTED, from 1999 to 2005, Mr. Smith was General Counsel and President of the shared services operations in North America of GKN plc, a FTSE-traded UK diversified engineering company; and from 1991 to 1999 was vice president, secretary and general counsel of The Interlake Corporation, an NYSE-traded diversified manufacturing company. Mr. Smith began his legal career in 1982 at the Chicago Law Firm of Hopkins & Sutter, where he was a corporate partner and chairman of the corporate transactions group. Mr. Smith earned an A.B. degree in political science from Wheaton College (Illinois) and his J.D. degree from The University of Chicago Law School.