Jeffrey Smith is a Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Starboard Value LP. Prior to founding Starboard Value LP, Mr. Smith was a Partner and Managing Director of Ramius LLC, a subsidiary of Cowen Inc., and the Chief Investment Officer for the funds that comprised the Value and Opportunity investment platform.
Mr. Smith was also a member of Cowen’s Operating Committee and Cowen’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Ramius LLC in January 1998, he served as Vice President of Strategic Development and a member of the Board of Directors of The Fresh Juice Company, Inc. Mr. Smith began his career in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Société Générale.
Mr. Smith is currently the Chairman of the Board of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and serves on the Board of Yahoo! Inc. and Perrigo Company plc. Mr. Smith was formerly Chairman of the Board of Darden Restaurants, Inc. and Phoenix Technologies Ltd. and formerly on the Boards of Quantum Corporation, Office Depot, Inc., Regis Corporation, Surmodics, Inc., Zoran Corporation, Actel Corporation, Kensey Nash Corp., S1 Corp and the Fresh Juice Company.
Mr. Smith graduated from The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics.