NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seeking to broaden its global footprint and tap the tremendous potential of developing markets, Business Wire today named Michael Becker executive vice president, international business strategy.
In his new role, Becker will identify promising new markets for Business Wire's portfolio of premier products and services. With enormous brand equity and a reputation as the industry's premium service provider, Business Wire is actively exploring new opportunities to fuel its global growth. Business Wire currently has 32 offices worldwide.
Becker, who most recently served as senior vice president, financial product strategy, will report to Gregg Castano, president of Business Wire.
Under Becker's guidance, Business Wire today offers a comprehensive suite of investor relations services. They include: sophisticated investor relations sites, webcasting, corporate social responsibility and venture capital press release distributions, XBRL services and Business Wire's in-house EDGAR desk, routinely ranked among the top SEC filers. Working in conjunction with his European colleagues, Becker was the principal architect in setting up regulatory disclosure networks in nearly a dozen European Union jurisdictions to coincide with the January 2007 implementation of the Transparency Obligations Directive [TOD].
"Michael's promotion acknowledges his enormous contributions to Business Wire's growth and success," said Cathy Baron Tamraz, the company's CEO, in making today's announcement. "Michael's experience successfully running our Canadian and Greater China operations will serve him well as he undertakes this important assignment. This is an exciting challenge for Michael, whose strategic decisions will help shape Business Wire's future."
"In the nearly 16 years I've worked with Michael, I have watched him grow from a bright young professional with unlimited potential into a polished, seasoned and tremendously effective executive who produces results," added Castano. "He brings exceptional insight and knowledge to his new role, and I'm excited to be able to work with him on expanding Business Wire's brand to an even broader global audience."
Becker currently serves on the XBRL-U.S. Board of Directors, and is a board member and past president of NIRI-New York, its largest chapter with some 300 members. He holds an Executive MBA from Baruch College, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Management.
About Business Wire
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure. Investor relations, public relations, public policy and marketing professionals rely on Business Wire to accurately distribute market-moving news and multimedia, host online newsrooms and IR websites, build content marketing platforms, generate social engagements and provide audience analysis that improves interaction with specified target markets. Founded in 1961, Business Wire is a trusted source for news organizations, journalists, investment professionals and regulatory authorities, delivering news directly into editorial systems and leading online news sources via its multi-patented simultaneous NX Network. Business Wire has 32 offices worldwide to securely meet the varying needs of communications professionals and news consumers.