Craig T. Smithwas named chairman of Experian Worldwide yesterday.
Smith, formerly CEO of Experian North America, also was appointed to the board of GUS plc, Experian's parent company. Donald A. Robert succeeds Smith as chief executive officer of Experian North America.
Smith was appointed CEO of Experian North America in June 2000. Prior to that he was one of five founding executives of MBNA America Bank in 1982, spending 12 years with MBNA. From 1994 to 2000 he ran his own international management consultancy, Hamilton Partners, specializing in advising financial services organizations.
Robert joined Experian in 2001 and has served as chief operating officer since 2002. Before that, he was president of The First American Corp.’s Consumer Information and Services group, where he created a portfolio of consumer information businesses. Robert was also previously president of First American Credco, the United States' largest mortgage credit reporting company.