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Chairman, Smith Edwards Group, LLC
Virgil L. Smith is the Chairman of the Smith Edwards Group, LLC, a coaching and consulting firm that specializes in executive, career and life coaching. The firm also provides executive search services in addition to consulting in the diversity and strategic planning sectors.
Smith is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and began his career in media in 1971 at The Sacramento Bee. During his time in Sacramento, he held a number of positions including circulation manager and personnel director before moving to the Fresno Bee (California) as the director of consumer marketing and chief labor negotiator in 1984. In 1991 he joined the Gannett Company as associate publisher in Stockton, California, and was named president and publisher in 1992 before serving as the assistant to the senior group president of the Gannett Pacific Group in Reno, Nevada. In 1996, he served as president and publisher of the Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina) for ten years. In 2006 Smith moved to the Corporate offices for nine years as a corporate executive focused on talent acquisition, talent development and diversity.