Dr. Lance Smith

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Imagine Software


Dr. Smith brings a rare combination of business and academic experience to his role as CEO, with twenty-five-plus years of direct involvement in trading and risk management practices, mathematical modeling, and system development. Before co-founding Imagine in 1993, he began his business career in 1986 as a Salomon Brothers vice president, gaining diverse business experience in mathematical modeling, proprietary trading strategies, structured products, and risk management methodologies. Dr. Smith holds a PhD in mathematics from Duke University, was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and is a former assistant professor of mathematics at Columbia University.


Lance sets Imagine’s strategic direction, guides development of cutting-edge analytics, and lends his expertise to sales efforts.

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