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JM Smith Corp. names new CEO

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A former automotive executive has been named the new CEO and board chairman for one of the largest privately-held companies in South Carolina.

According to a news release, Spartanburg-based JM Smith Corp. board of directors named A. Alan Turfe to the post, effective March 1. He replaces William R. Cobb, who recently retired.

A. Alan Turfe has assumed the duties of CEO and board chairman for Spartanburg-based JM Smith Corp. (Photo provided)A native of Michigan, Turfe began his career on the second shift assembly line at General Motors. After earning a master’s of business administration, he worked as a financial analyst for GM, moving up the ranks, first as European finance director for the Automotive Components Division and then as CFO, GM Worldwide Purchasing and Logistics.

Most recently, Turfe was senior vice president and chief procurement officer at Fresenius Medical Care following stints at Fisher Scientific and IDEX Corp.

“JM Smith Corp. is a phenomenal organization with a proud history. I am looking forward to working with everyone within the company as we write its next chapters together,” said Turfe, in the release. “I believe in the importance of listening to employees and to customers on a personal level, asking ‘How can we help them achieve?’ and then working with them to do just that.”

JM Smith Corp. “operates through multiple business units” in the health care and technology spaces. Those business units include: Smith Drug Co., QS/1, Integral Solutions Group and RxMedic Systems Inc.

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