Cathy Baron Tamraz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Business Wire, oversees the company's long-term strategic planning, Internet strategy and global branding. She serves as chair of Business Wire's executive committee. She also serves on the board of directors of Business Wire's joint-venture company, PYMNTS.com, a "first look" website for the payment industry.
Under her stewardship, the company has grown to be the leading global commercial news wire, significantly expanding into new
Gregg Castano was named President in December 2009. In this role, Castano remains responsible for the company's global growth strategy into new international and vertical markets, and expands his involvement in the company's marketing and communications efforts on the operational level. He serves on the company's executive committee and works closely with CEO and Chairman Cathy Baron Tamraz on strategic planning and global branding.
Phyllis Dantuono was named Chief Operating Officer in December 2009, assuming responsibility for global operations, media/product strategy, and client contract administration. She oversees and maintains Business Wire's editorial standards and integrity on a company wide basis, thereby protecting Business Wire's most important asset: its reputation and credibility in the marketplace. Dantuono has been instrumental in formulating Business Wire's news policies and standards, and vigilantly
Steve Messick was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2003. He is
responsible for development, procurement and implementation of all Business
Wire's internal and external technology systems.
Steve has been an employee of the company since 1991.
Prior to Business Wire, Steve was a senior partner with Alpine Information
Systems, San Mateo, California, where Business Wire was his primary account.
Messick previously worked as a systems software engineer at Texas Instruments,
Geff Scott, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for all financial and tax
aspects within the company, including fulfilling the required Sarbanes Oxley
reporting to parent Berkshire Hathaway.
Scott joined the company in July, 2007 as CFO.
Prior to Business Wire, Scott, who has more than 20 years in the Accounting
industry, was a partner with Marinelli + Scott, Healdsburg, CA. He also was an
Internal Audit Manager at Eureka Bank, Foster City, CA and a Supervising Senior
Executive Vice President, Media Services & Product Strategy
Laura Sturaitis is Executive Vice President of Media Services & Product Strategy, and heads up Business Wire's Global Media Relations, Content Licensing, Product Strategy, Public Policy, HQ Online Newsroom and Information Services teams.
Laura is responsible for the comprehensive and timely delivery of Business Wire's feed of more than 1,200 releases a day sent globally to print, broadcast, online and social media organizations using Business Wire’s multi-platform delivery methods.
Lorry I. Lokey is the founder of Business Wire. From its 1961 start in San Francisco, Lorry guided the company's growth throughout the United States and around the globe. He served as company president until 2003 and CEO until 2005, passing both titles to long-time executive and current CEO, Cathy Baron Tamraz. The company was sold to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway on March 1, 2006.