Gordon C. Smith, president and chief executive officer of J.R. Simplot Co., Boise, has been named a director of First Security Corp., the Salt Lake-based bank holding company.

A native of Salmon, Idaho, Smith graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the executive program at Stanford University School of Business.Smith was named president of J.R. Simplot last May and was elected chief executive earlier this month.

He joined Simplot in 1954 as a staff accountant, was named corporate vice president of finance in 1975, and was elected senior vice president in 1982.

He has served on the Simplot board since 1985.