Clara Smith appointed Vice President Strategy & Transformation

As of May 15, 2024, Clara Smith has assumed the role of Vice President Strategy & Transformation. She will also become a member of the SMG, Seco Management Group, and report to Stefan Steenstrup, President Seco. Clara is based in the UK.

Clara brings a wealth of experience in strategy, transformation, and leadership to her new role. With a proven track record of driving impactful change in large companies, Clara has expertise in various areas from market and operational strategy development to mergers and acquisitions, including cross-border antitrust, and corporate transformation.

In her most recent role as Group Head of Market Strategy at Hitachi Rail, Clara played a pivotal role in shaping global market and operations strategy across regions and lines of business, including organic and inorganic growth. Clara has also led a variety of corporate assignments for the Hitachi Group, including on decarbonization and COP26. Prior to Hitachi, Clara gained valuable experience working across sectors from consumer goods to development banks. Clara holds degrees from Oxford University and New York University.

Clara Smith appointed Vice President Strategy & Transformation

”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,” says Stefan Steenstrup, President Seco.

In Clara’s new role, she will take an active part in setting the strategic direction for Seco, and drive overall company improvements and increased efficiency through cross-functional collaboration. She will also lead the strategy execution and strategic business planning, as well as M&A-related activities. In addition, she will manage the identification and development of new business opportunities, including strategic partnerships. Through digitalization, new acquisitions, and optimization of the current operating model, Clara will help strengthening the leading market position and foundation for additional revenue growth.

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