Business Wire Names Robert Markel Chief Information Security Officer

Robert Markel, chief information security officer, Business Wire (Photo: Business Wire)

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Robert Markel, an accomplished information security executive with more than a dozen years of proven leadership experience, has joined Business Wire as its Chief Information Security Officer, it was announced today.

Markel will be responsible for all of Business Wire's security-related systems, policies and procedures, network infrastructure, and protection strategies.

He joins Business Wire from Virgin America, where he served as Director of Information Security. Markel previously spent two dozen years working in Information Technology for a variety of companies ranging from Silicon Valley start-ups to large, well-established corporations in the San Francisco Bay area. He has held leadership roles in the area of Information Security in the travel, biotechnology, financial services, and research sectors, and is an informal advisor to several cybersecurity start-ups. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Tufts University.

Markel brings broad expertise to his new role, including supervisory responsibility for 24/7 security operations, vulnerability management, network security administration and governance, penetration testing, and regulatory compliance. His addition to the Business Wire Executive team furthers their mission of providing industry leading security, reliability, and performance to Business Wire customers.

"Bob is an important addition to Business Wire's technology and management team," said Cathy Baron Tamraz, CEO, in making the announcement. "He has stellar information security credentials, with a proven track record of innovation, enterprise and strong operational skills. Bringing Bob on board further strengthens Business Wire's expertise and commitment to the industry's most rigorous security standards."

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.

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Robert Markel joins Business Wire as its Chief Information Security Officer.

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