Meet the people behind WEX.
President and CEO
Melissa Smith joined WEX in 1997. After progressively gaining greater responsibilities and participating in WEX’s dramatic growth, she rose to her current position as leader of the global corporate payments company. Melissa is passionate about growing WEX to create challenging and rewarding careers where employees are able to develop, contribute and advance within the company.
A finance expert by training, she previously played a pivotal role as WEX’s chief financial officer, leading the company through a highly successful initial public offering and focusing on its growth as a public company. Her record of execution, continuous improvement, and increased responsibilities for WEX’s business operations led to her appointment as president of the Americas, and ultimately as president and CEO of the entire company. As CEO, Melissa has responsibility for the company’s day-to-day global operations and its long-term strategic growth. She also serves as a WEX board member.
Melissa is an active member of her community and was named The Girl Scouts of Maine’s 2013 Woman of Distinction, and a Mainebiz 2012 Woman to Watch. Recognised as an industry leader, Melissa was named the PYMNTS.com 2014 Most Innovative Woman in Payments and a PaymentsSource 2014 Most Influential Woman in Payments. She serves on the Centre for Grieving Children’s Board of Directors and participates in the Executive Women’s Forum, which she co-founded to provide a support network for female executives in her local community.
Melissa began her career at Ernst & Young and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine.
Rick Rose joined the Australian WEX team in July 2017 as Managing Director with vast experience as a senior executive in the payments industry.
Rick’s previous role as Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Mastercard Prepaid Management Services for Asia Pacific provides a strong foundation for the future growth of WEX in the Asia Pacific region. He has an in depth understanding of the Asia Pacific marketplace and drove over 60% of the global revenue for Prepaid Management Services in his time at Mastercard.
He has lead product developments in Australia, India, Korea, China, Japan and New Zealand in addition to other parts of South-east Asia.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts (Mathematics) from Minnesota State University, USA. Rick also served as an officer and helicopter pilot for the United States Army National Guard, Aviation Branch from 1987-2000.