Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Derek V. Smith
President and Chief Operating Officer
Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Financial Officer
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Corporate Secretary and Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Treasurer and Vice President, Investor Relations
Derek V. Smith, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer (CEO)
As the company has grown, Smith and the company’s senior leadership have recognized that the two areas in which ChoicePoint has the greatest expertise are in identifying and helping to address the economic and physical risks faced daily by American consumers and business.
ChoicePoint’s efforts to help mitigate economic risks are most evident in its extensive work with the insurance industry. Virtually every insurance carrier in the country has shared with ChoicePoint its claims history, allowing the company to combine that information with other data sources and do the analysis necessary to fairly price home and auto insurance policies. As importantly, ChoicePoint works with thousands of businesses, large and small, to perform pre-employment background screening, allowing millions of Americans every year to get the jobs they seek.
Under Smith’s leadership, ChoicePoint’s work doing pre-employment background checks extends beyond corporate America deep into the heart of the country’s non-profit community. Every year the company performs, virtually free-of-charge, background checks for some of the nation’s largest non-profits. Over a three-year period ChoicePoint found more than 86,000 people with undisclosed criminal convictions applying to work with children or other at-risk populations. Of those, more than 500 were convicted sex offenders.
A relatively new but growing area of economic risk is identity theft and ChoicePoint, itself, was one of dozens of companies, government agencies and educational institutions in recent years to be involved in an unlawful data access incident. At Smith's direction, ChoicePoint responded by taking a number of important steps to become an industry leader in zealously protecting consumers’ information from those who would use it unlawfully. Additionally, ChoicePoint is the first company of its kind to announce the creation of a consumer Ombudsman position. Charged with working directly for consumers in resolving any disputes that may arise from the company’s work, Smith’s intention is to make the company more transparent and responsive to the millions of Americans whose lives ChoicePoint touches each year.
On the physical risk side, ChoicePoint works every day with local, state and national police agencies to provide them the data and software necessary to help stop crime and capture criminals. ChoicePoint’s DNA laboratory assisted in the identification of victims of the World Trade Center attacks while the Maryland State Police used the company’s software to help locate the DC snipers. Likewise, the Transportation Security Administration used ChoicePoint to conduct background checks on nearly 100,000 applicants for security screener positions in less than six months.
Guided by Smith's long-held desire to make society safer through the appropriate use of information, ChoicePoint has also forged a relationship with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This partnership provides NCMEC with access to ChoicePoint's data, software and manpower and has led to the recovery of more than 80 children in recent years.
Smith is the author of two books on privacy, “The Risk Revolution: Threats Facing America & Technology’s Promise for a Safer Tomorrow” and “A Survival Guide in the Information Age.” Prior to launching ChoicePoint, Smith held executive positions within Equifax, Inc., the former parent of the business that would become ChoicePoint. Smith holds an undergraduate degree from Penn State University and a graduate degree from Georgia Tech. He is married and the father of two children.
Douglas C. Curling, President and Chief
Curling, an officer of ChoicePoint since 1997, has helped shepherd the company's dramatic expansion to double-digit core revenue growth and increasing operating profit an average of 20% per year. He has also spearheaded a radical change in ChoicePoint's asset base through internal retooling and significant acquisitions and divestitures.
Responsible for building and strengthening an internal environment where employees thrive on developing solutions that leverage ChoicePoint's data and technology competencies, Curling leads the company's operations and technology groups. In an industry where the only certainty is constant and rapid change, Curling emphasizes the importance of a successful, efficient internal organization.
Under his leadership, the company's revenue sources have been greatly diversified, reducing dependence on any one market or customer base and enhancing long-term growth opportunities for ChoicePoint.
Before becoming president and COO, Curling served as ChoicePoint's COO from 2000 until 2002, and chief financial officer since its spin-off from Equifax in August 1997 until 2000. Prior to this spin-off, he was senior vice president of Finance and Administration for Equifax's Insurance Services Group from 1993 until 1997. In addition, Curling served in various executive positions within Equifax from 1989 to 1997, and previously held positions with RJR Nabisco and Ernst & Young.
He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting/finance and a master's degree in accounting from Virginia Tech, where he currently serves as a member of the Pamplin College of Business Advisory Council. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Georgia. Curling is a native of the Washington, D.C., area and currently resides in Roswell, Ga., with his wife and their three children.
David T. Lee, Executive Vice
President and Chief Business Officer
During his more than 20-year career with ChoicePoint and its predecessor, Lee has served as a senior leader for substantially every major business unit in the company, making him uniquely qualified to be chief business officer.
Prior to ChoicePoint’s spin-off from Equifax in 1997, Lee served as vice president - property and casualty marketing and sales of the Equifax Insurance Services Group. Since joining Equifax in 1984, Lee served in a variety of positions, including vice president - systems and services; assistant vice president - executive assistant to the chief executive officer; assistant vice president - corporate development; and director of corporate financial systems.
Steven W. Surbaugh, Executive Vice
President and Chief Administrative Officer
Surbaugh joined ChoicePoint in 2002 after nearly 30 years with Arthur Andersen, where he had served as the partner-in-charge of the real estate, financial services and not-for-profit audit practices in the Atlanta office.
Surbaugh is active in a number of Atlanta civic organizations, including the Metropolitan Boys & Girls Clubs and Communities in Schools. He also serves on the Emory University Board of Visitors.
David E. Trine, Chief Financial
Prior to ChoicePoint's spin-off from Equifax in 1997, Trine held various positions, including senior vice president of health care services and vice president of internal audit. He previously was an audit manager with Arthur Andersen LLP.
Carol DiBattiste, General
Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
DiBattiste was formerly deputy administrator and chief of staff at the Transportation Security Administration; under secretary of the Air Force; deputy U.S. attorney and assistant U.S. attorney at the United States Attorneys Office, Southern District of Florida; director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys; and principal deputy general counsel of the Navy. Carol served 20 years on active duty in the United States Air Force and was one of the Air Force's lead prosecutors. She was also a partner at the Law Firm of Holland & Knight.
Currently, DiBattiste serves on the board of trustees of the Falcon Foundation.
DiBattiste's role with ChoicePoint is groundbreaking within our industry in establishing an independent office specifically to enhance privacy protections.
Jeffrey J. Glazer, Senior Vice
President & General Manager, Insurance Services
Glazer began his career developing commercial and personal solutions for the Hartford Insurance Group. When he left the Hartford in 1985 he was a senior officer of the corporation with direct responsibility for all insurance technology. He founded his own company in 1985, focusing on developing innovative software insurance solutions. His company, Programming Resources Company, was purchased by Equifax in 1994. At Equifax, Glazer served as vice president of the Insurance division, where he was responsible for the market leading software provided to the Commercial Property/Casualty industry. After ChoicePoint spun off from Equifax in 1997, Glazer joined the ChoicePoint team in its Insurance division as vice president.
Glazer holds a degree in mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
David W. Davis, Corporate Secretary
and Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
Mongelli has led ChoicePoint’s investor relations function since 2000, having previously spent 14 years in a variety of financial leadership positions at Coca-Cola, Arthur Andersen and Citigroup.
In his role as treasurer, Mongelli’s responsibilities include, among other things, leading ChoicePoint’s share repurchase initiatives.