VISANOW hires former Madison Dearborn exec as CFO

Chicago-based VISANOW, a provider of online immigration services in the U.S., has named Brittany Smith as chief financial officer. Previously, Smith worked at Madison Dearborn Partners where she served as a director in the technology, media and telecom services group.


CHICAGO, IL–(Marketwired – Aug 6, 2015) – VISANOW, a leading provider of online immigration services in the U.S., today announced that Brittany Smith has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer, where she will oversee all core finance operations as well as play a role in corporate development, strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Prior to joining VISANOW, Smith was Director in the Technology, Media and Telecom Services group at Madison Dearborn Partners, a leading private equity investment firm in Chicago.

“Brittany’s spent her entire career in corporate finance, helping companies like VISANOW grow and capture market share through finance, operations and partnerships,” said Dick Burke, President and CEO of VISANOW. “We’re thrilled to have her focused exclusively on VISANOW, as we continue our aggressive expansion strategy.”

Prior to joining VISANOW, Smith was Director of Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Services at Madison Dearborn Partners, which has raised six funds with aggregate capital of over $18 billion and has completed investments in approximately 130 companies. The TMT Services group focused on a wide range of businesses, including wireless and wireline communications, internet-based and traditional media, technology-enabled services, and information services.

“The competitive and market dynamics for VISANOW are unique and position the company extremely well for success,” said Smith. “More importantly, I am inspired by the mission and by the positive social and economic impact VISANOW has for individuals and businesses across the country.”

Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. In addition to her work at Madison Dearborn, she has also worked for Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and Providence Equity Partners.

Working with individuals and companies, VISANOW streamlines the tedious and confusing visa application process by automatically gathering required information, forms and documents from both the sponsor and applicant, then dynamically generating a complete, accurate and personalized application. At any point in the process, clients have access to immigration attorneys to handle unique needs. This combination of automation, transparency and high customer touch offers an unparalleled user experience, helping clients save time, money and stress. Since inception, the company has prepared cases for tens of thousands of visa applications with a greater than 95 percent approval rate.

“During my years in private equity, I saw first hand the challenges that many companies have in finding qualified applicants for specific jobs,” said Smith. “VISANOW is helping to close the skills gap by making it easy, cost effective and transparent for companies to grow and compete in a global economy.”

VISANOW is a leading provider of online immigration services in the U.S. that integrates the best of both people and technology to provide cost-effective, transparent visa application services. Its patented online process guarantees fast response times, easy access to case information and comprehensive customer support. Since inception in 1998, the company has assisted tens of thousands of immigrants, business people and international travelers. More information is available at