NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet today announced that Ruth Ravitz Smith will assume the role of Chief Communications Officer on September 1, 2015. This appointment is the final change in the recently announced reorganization of the County’s Executive Leadership Team. The position was formerly the public and legislative affairs director.
Ms. Smith brings to New Hanover County extensive experience as an external affairs professional having represented organizations such as General Electric, Alstom, The Travelers and the Aerospace Industries Association. She also served in the public sector on both the state and federal levels. Most recently Ms. Smith owned a consulting business, RRSmith Global Solutions, LLC.
While her professional career has been based in Washington, DC, Ms. Smith first discovered New Hanover County in the 1980s. In 2008, Ms. Smith and her husband purchased a home in Wilmington, and during the years she served on the leadership team at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, she spent a significant amount of time in the County.
In making the decision to invite Ms. Smith to the New Hanover County team, County Manager Chris Coudriet noted the professional experience and background Ruth brings to the county and the passion she exhibits for the work ahead. “Ruth represents the county ideal of hiring only the best and the brightest who are committed to public service. In fact, every resident and taxpayer of this community deserves nothing less than those committed to working on their behalf. Ruth brings a great mix of public and private sector leadership in communicating the efficacy of large, complex organizations. I look forward to working with Ruth and the entire Executive Leadership Team to advance effectively and efficiently the policy choices of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.”
In accepting the position, Ms. Smith commented “serving in this position will enable me to play a key role in promoting the value of living and working in New Hanover County to residents, businesses and other stakeholders.” She continued, “It is an honor to be selected to serve the people of New Hanover County and to help promote this community that I love so dearly. I am delighted to now be able to call New Hanover County my permanent home.”
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