Smith brings the total number of Nordstrom directors up to 12, and has served in previous leadership positions for a number of technology-based companies. He will serve for one year, and will be subject to an annual election following his first term.
The chairman of Nordstrom's board, Enrique Hernandez Jr., sees great potential in Smith's appointment. "In addition to his corporate governance experience as a public company director, he brings an impressive track record of leading a successful customer-driven business with a reputation for developing innovative products and solutions." Nordstrom said that under Smith's leadership Intuit has "a renewed startup mentality."
As Intuit's chief executive officer since 2008, Smith has helped the maker of personal finance programs Quicken and Mint.com draw in over $4 billion a year in annual revenue; it employs 8,500 employees internationally. He has also been a director for Yahoo!. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 248 stores in 33 states.