Tom Becktold helps companies and organizations build, reposition and strengthen their brands, identify and evaluate acquisition targets and establish innovative marketing programs. Tom joined the Board in November 2015. He previously served as senior vice president of global marketing for Business Wire, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway. A 26-year veteran of the company, he was a member of the company’s advisory board and established growth-focused marketing programs, launched successful business units and steered market share growth worldwide. Tom previously served on chapter boards for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. A Southern California native, he joined the Board in 2015.