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Peachtree Group, an Atlanta-based investment firm focused on the commercial real estate sector, has named Melissa Ross Smith as chief operating officer.

According to the company, Smith will be responsible for the overall performance, strategy and organizational development of Peachtree and its operating businesses. She will report to Greg Friedman, managing principal and CEO, and will be a key executive team member.

Before joining Peachtree, Smith was managing director for OS National, where she managed more than 250 professionals and was responsible for evaluating performance management systems and devising improvements to strengthen controls and optimize results. Earlier in her career, she was director of operations for Aldridge Pite LLP.

“As Peachtree continues to evolve, improving our foundational processes is imperative to the future growth of our business,” Friedman said. “Melissa is an excellent complement to our team as she has an exceptional blend of leadership, vision and execution needed to be Peachtree’s COO.”