Craig Smyth graduated from the Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, and completed his Master of Applied Finance at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.
Mr Smyth joined Lion as the financial controller in March 2005 and was appointed company secretary in August 2007. From July 2009 to October 2012, he became managing director of Lion. On 31 October 2012, Mr Smyth stepped down from the board of Lion Selection Group but remains a chief executive.