Tad Smith

Tad Smith

Formal First Name
Thomas (Tad)
1965 - present

Tad Smith is the Co-Founder and Partner of 1 RoundTable Partners, a growth equity fund, and its predecessor firm, 10T Holdings. Smith is a business executive who has led the transformation of numerous companies. He is the former President and CEO of Sotheby’s, a global auction house, where he successfully digitized, modernized, expanded, and then sold the company in 2019. Prior to Sotheby’s, he was the President and CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company, where he oversaw the overall strategy and day-to-day operations of MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment. Before that, he served as President of Local Media at Cablevision, responsible for Cablevision Media Sales, News 12 Networks, and Newsday Media Group. Since 1999, Smith has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he teaches a finance and strategy class to MBAs. He has also served on numerous industry and nonprofit boards and advisory boards.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Partner and Co-Founder, 1RoundTable Partners

  • Co-Founder and Partner, 10T Holdings

  • Board Member and Investor, Lindblad Expeditions

  • Board Member, Futureverse

  • Board Member, Doodles

  • Board Observer, Candy Digital

  • Board Member and Investor, Simulmedia

  • Board Observer and Investor, Verishop

  • Investor and Partner, Lord Chambray Brewery

  • Investor and Advisor, Ruby Hibiscus

  • Adjunct Professor, NYU Stern School of Business

  • Managing Member, Durable Money


  • Smith was the CEO of TheKey, formerly Home Care Assistance, the largest privately paid provider of in-home care.

  • He worked for the global media company now known as RELX, where he last serbed as CEO of the US business-to-business division, Reed Business Information.

  • He was SVP of E-Commerce at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and a corporate executive in New York and London for music company, BMG Entertainment.

  • He also advised companies on strategy and performance improvement in McKinsey & Company’s Los Angeles office.