Clara Smith appointed Vice President Strategy & Transformation, SECO

  • Industry News
  • May 16,24
In her previous role as Group Head of Market Strategy at Hitachi Rail, Clara played a key role in shaping global market and operations strategy, overseeing both organic and inorganic growth initiatives.
Clara Smith appointed Vice President Strategy & Transformation, SECO

Clara Smith has stepped into the position of Vice President of Strategy & Transformation on May 15, 2024. She will join the SMG, or Seco Management Group, and report directly to Stefan Steenstrup, President, Seco. Based in the UK, Clara brings extensive expertise in strategy, transformation, and leadership to her new role. With a proven track record of driving significant change within large organisations, Clara's skill set spans market and operational strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border antitrust, and corporate transformation.

In her previous role as Group Head of Market Strategy at Hitachi Rail, Clara played a key role in shaping global market and operations strategy, overseeing both organic and inorganic growth initiatives. She also led various corporate assignments for the Hitachi Group, focusing on decarbonisation and COP26. Prior to her tenure at Hitachi, Clara accumulated valuable experience across multiple sectors, ranging from consumer goods to development banks. She holds degrees from Oxford University and New York University.

“With her strong leadership skills, strategic vision, and ability to drive change, Clara is well-positioned to lead Seco's Strategy & Transformation efforts into the future. Clara's experience makes her an excellent fit for this position”, opines Stefan Steenstrup, President Seco. 

 In her new capacity, Clara will play an active role in defining Seco's strategic direction, driving company-wide improvements, and enhancing efficiency through cross-functional collaboration. She will spearhead strategy execution, strategic business planning, and M&A activities, while also identifying and nurturing new business opportunities and strategic partnerships. Leveraging digitalisation, new acquisitions, and optimisation of the current operating model, Clara aims to fortify Seco's market position and pave the way for continued revenue growth.

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