C. Evan Smith
Evan is a founding member of Metamorphosis Management Group; he’s also worked with Schaffer Consulting, Pro-Active Learning, and Pilot Consulting. His professional passion is working with people to bring new businesses and ideas to life.
Signature ventures have included developing and implementing a successful start-up medical equipment distribution company; helping to start up a new boat-building company on Boston Harbor (launching the first sailing vessel on Boston Harbor in 75 years); and supporting several small manufacturing businesses to bring new products and businesses to market. He’s helped:
- a high-technology materials company to bring products to market more than 50% faster, with lower acceptance risk;
- an automotive-plastics joint venture to identify and open a new market for their existing products, and
- a startup nanotechnology company to find the “sweet spot” for its unique particle technology.
Most recently, he’s helped a systems-integration company in the energy-management industry to chart a growth path; the financing arm of Toyota to develop, articulate and extend its employer brand to achieve competitive advantage in its labor markets; and a private-equity funded spin-off from GE to set in place an effective global organizational structure.
Evan’s experience has included senior executive roles within several Fortune 500 firms, most recently as head of Global Quality for Cabot Corporation with responsibility for product and process quality corporate-wide; he’s also worked in senior roles within financial services (for Fleet Financial Services, now part of Bank of America). Before moving into consulting, he worked with IBM, Dexter Corporation, and Shawmut Bank. He’s also played pivotal roles within several small-company start-ups. Evan started his career in information systems with GE, within the Information Systems Management Program, where he supported systems “customers” in getting more value from their systems investments.
As a management consultant, Evan has worked “client side” on several multi-year engagements with McKinsey & Company; for more than five years as a principal with Pro-Active Learning, Inc.; for 10 years as an affiliate of Robert H. Schaffer & Associates, and briefly with Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering and a BA in Liberal Arts from the Pennsylvania State University; and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management.
His practice over the last few years has focused on helping organizations generate results quickly in:
- business growth execution, business development and productivity;
- managing knowledge and capability; and
- developing employer brand/ talent management and sourcing strategies.
With partners, he’s been a speaker at several conferences, and written on innovative approaches for generating better business results. He’s taught at the university and professional level at Tufts, the State University of New York, the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations (see http://bit.ly/CornellILRImplementingChange), and – in 2009 – at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
At Wharton, for the Executive Education Advanced Management Program, he designed and delivered a unique team development program to senior international executives which complemented a leadership model from the Authentic Leadership Institute (for more information on Wharton’s AMP, see http://bit.ly/WhartonAMP).
He’s a member of the Westchester (NY) Business Council, and the Institute of Management Consultants.