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Executive Committee Biographies

  • Cathy Baron Tamraz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Cathy Baron Tamraz
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    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. 

    Under her stewardship, the company has grown to be the leading global commercial news wire, significantly expanding into new markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada and Japan, among others.

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  • Gregg Castano, President
    Gregg Castano
    President

    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.

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  • Richard DeLeo, Chief Operating Officer
    Richard DeLeo
    Chief Operating Officer

    Richard DeLeo was named Chief Operating Officer in December 2015, assuming responsibility for global operations. He works closely with Business Wire's editorial, legal, sales and technology teams to ensure all departments are working in unison to seamlessly execute the client engagement process to deliver a user experience that exceeds expectations. He also serves on the company's executive committee.

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  • Steve Messick, Chief Information Officer
    Steve Messick
    Chief Information Officer

    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, Austin,

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  • Geff Scott, Chief Financial Officer
    Geff Scott
    Chief Financial Officer

    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 Accountant at

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  • Laura Sturaitis, Executive Vice President, Media Services & Product Strategy
    Laura Sturaitis
    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.

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  • Lorry Lokey, Founder
    Lorry Lokey
    Founder

    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.

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