About Us

The McAulay Smith Firm is a retained executive search firm that partners with clients to recruit for mid- and senior-level executive and management positions. Established in 1995, The McAulay Smith Firm has completed hundreds of engagements for more than 225 client companies in 30 states and 9 countries, representing more than 70 industries.

Representative industries served include, but are not limited to: service, financial, private equity, energy, industrial, manufacturing, distribution and retail.

Whether working for a smaller organization or a Fortune 500 corporation, our approach is consistent and thoughtful. The McAulay Smith Firm strives for the highest level of professionalism and integrity in our recruiting process, ensuring that each candidate presented to a client must meet exacting standards. Our success is measured by our clients’ satisfaction, and we are proud that the foundation of our success is built on business from repeat clients and referrals.

The McAulay Smith Firm works only under retainer. We do not represent individuals in the job market nor do we accept fees from anyone other than the client company that has retained us to perform an executive search.

Firm Facts:

  • Since 1995, The McAulay Smith Firm has represented clients in 31 states and 9 countries on 4 continents.
  • About 60% of searches have been for publicly held companies, about 40% for privately held companies.
  • Over 720 retained executive searches completed since 1995.
  • Over 230 client companies in 31 states representing 75 different industries.
  • About 60% of searches for clients with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion, about 40% for clients with less than $1 billion.
  • Over 80% of the Firm’s search engagements are from repeat clients.

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The McAulay Smith Firm believes that every aspect of each search is critical to its ultimate success. From initial client engagement to preliminary candidate selection and from final candidate presentation to initial employment we are focused on ensuring a positive experience for both client and candidate. We accomplish this by making sure every detail is handled in a professional and ethical manner. The thorough nature of our approach is an important building block in the trust and confidence we seek to create with our clients and candidates.

Quality results are what the clients require, what our candidates expect and serve as the primary objective of our firm. Understanding the client and the candidate, having access to and sharing market information, communicating with the client and paying attention to details is the process by which we achieve our mutual goal. We place a great deal of importance on the integrity of our process and our people. The result is an executive search firm focused on effective methods for achieving quality results and satisfied clients.

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News Briefings

McAulay Smith Places General Counsel for Georgia Power

The McAulay Smith Firm has placed Meredith Lackey as senior vice president, corporate secretary and general counsel of Georgia Power. She will also serve as the company’s chief compliance officer. Search firm chairman Al McAulay led the assignment. In her new role, Ms. Lackey will be responsible for overseeing Georgia Power’s corporate compliance, risk management, security, and legal services functions.

McAulay Smith Lands CFO for Snyder’s-Lance

The McAulay Smith Firm has placed Alexander Pease as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. He replaced Rick Puckett, who left his role in November. President Steven Smith lead the assignment. Mr. Pease joins the company from McKinsey & Co., bringing significant financial expertise and cross industry experience to the Snyder’s-Lance organization.

Press Releases

The McAulay Smith Firm successfully recruited Scott Thornton as the Director of Information Technology for Tropical Foods

CHARLOTTE, NC, April 26, 2017 — The McAulay Smith Firm successfully recruited Scott Thornton as the Director of Information Technology for Tropical Foods (Tropical). Tropical is a manufacturer and distributor of premium snack mixes, raw and freshly roasted nuts and seeds, dried fruit, and hundreds of bulk and packaged candies, spices, grains and specialty foods.  It

The McAulay Smith Firm has placed Natalie Curtis as the Senior Director of Human Resources for Texas Hydraulics, Inc.

TEMPLE, TX, April 26, 2017 — The McAulay Smith Firm has placed Natalie Curtis as the Senior Director of Human Resources for Texas Hydraulics, Inc. (THI). THI is a preferred global provider of engineered hydraulic solutions headquartered in Temple, Texas. Since 1968, the company has been a leading manufacturer of custom-engineered, hydraulic components to leading Original

The McAulay Smith Firm has Placed John Mei as the Chief Financial Officer for Sam’s Holdings, LLC

MATTHEWS, NC, April 17, 2017 — The McAulay Smith Firm has placed John Mei as the Chief Financial Officer for Sam’s Holdings, LLC.  Sam’s Holdings (“the Company”) is privately owned by Sami Nafisi and headquartered in Matthews, NC.  The Company currently employs approximately 600 associates, has operations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and is comprised

McAulay Smith Places Alexander Pease as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Snyder’s-Lance

CHARLOTTE, NC, September 23, 2016 — Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: LNCE) announced today the appointment of Alexander Pease as Executive Vice President  and Chief Financial Officer, effective November 1, 2016.  The planned retirement of Rick Puckett as Chief Financial Officer was previously announced on May 26, 2016.  Mr. Puckett will continue in his current role as Chief Financial Officer