Melissa Smith, president and CEO of WEX, began with the company in 1997 as a senior financial analyst and worked her way through numerous roles, progressively gaining greater responsibilities and building a strong track record of execution. As CFO, Melissa led the company’s highly successful IPO in 2005. Then, as president of the Americas, she was responsible for the company’s growth in the Americas, both organically and through acquisitions. And, today, as CEO, Melissa has responsibility for the company’s day-to-day global operations and its long-term strategic growth. She also serves as a WEX board member. Born and raised in Maine, Melissa was recognized as Mainebiz 2012 Woman to Watch and won the tribute to Women in Industry Award from the Maine Women’s Fund in 2015. In 2017 she was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame and was named Mainebiz Business Leader of the Year. Active in non-profit work, Melissa is co-founder of the Executive Women’s Forum as well as co-founder of sheJAMS, an all-women training club that allows women to train together in a non-competitive spirit. She also is a sponsor of and participant in Tri for a Cure. Additionally, Melissa serves on the Maine Health Board of Directors, Dead River Company Board of Directors and is a former board member of the Center for Grieving Children. Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine.