Distinguished Alumnus - NIU - College of Business

College of Business Alumni

2014 College of Business Distinguished Alumnus
2014 Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award Winner
Russ Smyth

Russ Smyth is Chief Executive Office of The HAVI Group LP, a diversified holding company that owns and manages businesses across the supply chain, marketing and packaging industries, including HAVI Global Solutions, The Marketing Store and HAVI Logistics.

Prior to joining HAVI in 2010, Russ was President and CEO of H&R Block one of the world's largest tax services provider. In this role, he was responsible for H&R Block's tax preparation business, as well as the H&R Block Bank and RSM McGladrey, a leading professional services firm providing tax and consulting services.

Prior to this, Russ spent more than 20 years at McDonald's Corporation, gaining extensive worldwide management experience in Latin America, Asia, the US and Europe. He last served as President of McDonald's Europe, the corporation's second largest area of the world. In this role, he was responsible for 6,200 restaurants in 51 countries, representing $6.7B in total revenues.

Russ earned a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. He and his wife Dawn live in the Chicago area with their four children.