Linc Smith

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Trustee, Altarum

Linc Smith

Linc Smith has served as Altarum’s President and CEO since 2007. He has led the Institute’s health systems research and consulting activities since joining the organization as its Chief Operating Officer in 2001, following Altarum’s acquisition of Vector Research, Inc. (VRI). He is also Chairman, President & CEO of Federal Consulting Asset Management, Inc.; and Chairman & CEO of Palladian Partners, Inc.

Linc led a complete transformation of the Institute from a defense, environment, automotive, and health portfolio to an institute strategically focused solely on health and health care. In 2005, Altarum’s health research and consulting activities were less than $15 million in annual revenue; they are now approximately $75 million. Linc also led the development of the Institute’s strategic research agenda comprising internally-chartered research and development projects, “mission projects” designed to test promising health systems changes in real-world settings, and research centers focused on health care spending, elder care, consumer engagement, and child health and development.

Before joining Altarum, Linc served as VRI’s Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Business Development from 1999 to 2000 and as President of VRI from 2000 to 2001. From 1996 to 1999, he led new initiatives in VRI’s health sector and served as the Director of the Healthcare Planning Division. Major programs included:

  • Development of the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), an automated information system for tracking childhood immunizations; lead screening; and now body mass index screening across the state. VRI’s development of MCIR made Michigan the first state in the United States to have a system deployed statewide to both public and private providers, and
  • One-of-a-kind, enterprise-level healthcare simulation models to examine alternative system changes in health care and a patient cohort simulation to investigate the cost and quality impacts of alternative disease management strategies for various chronic diseases.

Linc joined VRI in 1988 as a systems engineer, shortly after completing his master’s in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, where he was a National Science Foundation graduate studies fellow. He worked in VRI’s national security and health business sectors. As a national security analyst at VRI, Linc developed and applied analytical methods to help military leaders make decisions about force design, equipment acquisition, mobilization, deployment, and arms control strategies.