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New president, CEO of International Wire Group — who used to race sports cars as a hobby — takes manufacturer to new heights By Lou Sorendo He is wired for success. Gregory J. Smith, newly minted CEO and president of International Wire Group, Inc., is accustomed to making the right decision at precisely the right time. “I enjoy leading a business. I’m a competitor at heart and love the complexity of leading a business,” Smith said. The International Wire Group (IWG) leader used to race sports cars as a hobby. “I have said success in competitive sports car racing is a lot like running a business. You have a lot of variables coming at you, and a lot of decisions to make rapidly. Obviously, you want to make more right decisions than wrong decisions. If you make a bad decision in business, it can cost you a lot of money. In the case of racing, it could obviously hurt as well,” he said. “Leading a business that has a lot of variables and triggers is very exciting to me. The fact that International Wire Group has a large footprint around the world adds to that excitement,” said Smith, noting that