Gordon Smith issued a message Thursday evening, thanking those who offered an “outpouring of support,” following news from the NAB that its President and CEO was hospitalized Tuesday night. “Your prayers and kind words have meant the world to me and my family,” Smith said in a message relayed by the NAB. “I am delighted to tell you that after a very extensive MRI last night it was discovered that I did have a blood clot, but thanks to the quick medical intervention I received, an actual stroke was averted.”
Smith, 68, said his prognosis “is extremely positive and there is no permanent damage.”
The NAB released a statement Wednesday evening about Smith’s condition, saying he had been admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke. “He is responding well to treatment, is stable and alert, and is resting comfortably,” the NAB statement said. “His prognosis is good, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Smith agreed in September 2017 to a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the trade group through 2023. A former two-term U.S. Senator from Oregon (1996-2008), he joined the NAB in 2009.