Seasoned corporate finance executive to help company grow rapidly
CHICAGO, August 6, 2015 — VISANOW, a leading provider of online immigration services in the U.S., today announced that Brittany A. Smith has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer, where she will oversee all finance, accounting and treasury operations as well as play a role in corporate development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Prior to joining VISANOW, Smith was a Director in the Telecom, Media and Technology Services group at Madison Dearborn Partners, a leading private equity investment firm in Chicago.
“Brittany has experience helping companies like VISANOW grow and capture market share through finance, operations and partnerships,” said Dick Burke, President and CEO of VISANOW. “We’re thrilled to have her on our team as we continue our aggressive expansion strategy.”
Prior to joining VISANOW, Smith was a Director of Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) Services at Madison Dearborn Partners, which has raised six private equity funds with aggregate capital of over $18 billion and has completed investments in approximately 130 companies. Smith led Madison Dearborn Partners’ media and information services practice and was involved with its investments in CDW Corporation, TransUnion Corporation, The Topps Company, Inc., and Intelsat, Ltd
“The competitive and market dynamics for VISANOW are unique and position the company extremely well for success, and the backing of General Catalyst is a huge indicator of the potential for this company,” said Smith. “I am inspired by the mission and by the positive social and economic impact VISANOW has for individuals and businesses across the country.”
Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. In addition to her work at Madison Dearborn, she has also worked for Morgan Stanley Capital Partners.
Working with individuals and companies, VISANOW streamlines the tedious and confusing visa application process by automatically gathering required information, forms and documents from both the sponsor and applicant, then dynamically generating a complete, accurate and personalized application. At any point in the process, clients have access to immigration attorneys to handle unique needs. This combination of automation, transparency and high customer touch offers an unparalleled user experience, helping clients save time, money and stress. Since inception, the company has prepared cases for tens of thousands of visa applications with a greater than 95 percent approval rate.
“During my years in private equity, I saw first hand the challenges that many companies have in finding qualified applicants for specific jobs,” said Smith. “VISANOW is helping to close the skills gap by making it easy, cost effective and transparent for companies to grow and compete in a global economy.”
VISANOW is a leading provider of online immigration services in the U.S. that integrates the best of both people and technology to provide cost-effective, transparent visa application services. Its patented online process guarantees fast response times, easy access to case information and comprehensive customer support. Since inception in 1998, the company has assisted tens of thousands of immigrants, business people and international travelers. More information is available at www.VISANOW.com.