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.
Lorry has been named one of the nation's top givers by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Through his philanthropic organization, The Lorry I. Lokey Supporting Foundation, Lorry has made major donations to higher education. Significant grants have been made to Stanford University School of Medicine, University of Oregon, Mills College, Santa Clara University, Portland State University and Leo Baeck School in Haifa, Israel. He serves as a trustee on numerous boards, including the University of Oregon Foundation, Santa Clara University, and the San Francisco Opera Association.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lorry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. A veteran of World War II, Lorry's post collegiate career included work as a reporter and public relations executive.