Deloitte names Krista Smith emerging growth company practice leader for DC area

01 March 2021 2 min. read
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Deloitte has appointed Krista Smith, a 28-year veteran of the firm, as leader of the emerging growth company practice for the greater Washington, DC area.

In this new role, Smith will work with DC startups on scaling business models and operations, while helping them address challenges in regulation, capital, and financial reporting.

“Our region is one of the world’s premier hubs for start-up and fast-growth companies across multiple industries, including technology, media and telecommunications; life sciences; and financial services,” Smith said. “Updated financial accounting standards, a complex global economic environment, new regulatory requirements and evolving societal expectations continue to challenge businesses. I look forward to engaging this sector with Deloitte’s experiences, insights, and industry leaders in a way that makes this community more prepared and resilient for the road that lies ahead.”

Deloitte names Krista Smith emerging growth company practice leader for DC area

Smith, an audit & assurance managing director, has been working with emerging growth companies (EGCs) for many years. She has worked on numerous consulting engagements with EGC clients, and has been involved in Deloitte’s Greater Washington Technology Venture Center (TVC) and Technology Fast 500 program.

Smith started her career at Deloitte in 1992, and has advised public and private sector clients ranging from startups to large multinational corporations. She has extensive expertise in SEC reporting and technical accounting, and has assisted numerous clients on IPOs and private placements.

Smith has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lehigh University and is a certified public accountant.

“Krista is a dynamic and accomplished leader and I look forward to her continued success, especially in this new role,” said Allison Dyer, audit & assurance partner at Deloitte and group partner-in-charge. “Her technical skills, local market experience, and passion for working with entrepreneurial companies will serve her well as she further enhances Deloitte’s growth and presence in Greater Washington.”

Deloitte recently named Jana Arbanas as leader of the US telecom, media, and entertainment sector.