Victor Smith, former secretary of commerce for the state of Indiana, is joining the Indianapolis-based Bose Public Affairs Group and Bose McKinney & Evans law firm.

Smith will serve Bose Public Affairs Group as a principal, focused on assisting businesses to grow in the US by providing strategic business services as well as federal, state and local governmental affairs services. At Bose McKinney & Evans, he will serve as a partner in the firm’s Business and Governmental Services Groups.


Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence appointed Smith as Indiana’s secretary of commerce in January 2013. Smith was a member of Governor Pence’s cabinet and led Indiana’s domestic and international economic development strategy. Under Smith’s tenure, 1,096 economic development transactions were negotiated with companies, resulting in investments totaling $15.49 billion and the creation of 93,612 new Indiana jobs coming to the state.


Prior to serving as Secretary of Commerce, Smith dedicated 17 years to operations, sales and executive leadership positions. He was chief executive officer of CDS Engineering, a precision manufacturing company with locations in the US, United Kingdom and Asia. The corporation with approximately 500 employees focused on semiconductor capital equipment.


Smith is a graduate of Colgate University and earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. A native of Muncie, Ind., Smith resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children.

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