Steven Tragash’s executive career includes more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications/corporate affairs, journalism, change/crisis management, worldwide spokesperson, and general management experience with start-ups, middle market and Fortune 500 firms.
Mr. Tragash has extensive experience in leadership development, organization design, strategic marketing and communications. His diversified background provides a unique and broad perspective on management and leadership issues in the public and private sectors. Mr. Tragash is a former chief speechwriter for the Chairman of the Board of Chevron and the CEOs of four Fortune 500 firms. During his career, he authored more than 300 prepared speeches, congressional testimonies, and board communications. He also specializes in investor relations and has prepared hundreds of major Wall Street Investor presentations, speeches and 20 corporate annual reports.
For more than a decade, Steven held senior corporate affairs positions at Guidant Corporation, a manufacturer of cardiovascular medical devices and Lexicon Pharmaceutical, an early stage biotech. He was head of medial relations, chief spokesman, and oversaw all Wall Street investor relations. During his years at Guidant he managed communications for a merger with Boston Scientific; handled crisis communications; and led the Guidant-Boston Scientific management team to integrate all communications, marketing, investor relations, government relations.
Mr. Tragash also served as a senior corporate officer of two of the largest savings banks in the U.S Great Western Financial and Glendale Federal. His areas of responsibility included strategic planning, marketing, investor relations, and government affairs. He was consistently named one of the “top 100 Marketers and Communicators” by Advertising Age. Many of the programs he developed gained national and international recognition.
Earlier in his career, Steven was an editor and legislative reporter for United Press International (UPI); chief legislative reporter for The Arizona Republic; and part-time writer for the New York Times and Time Magazine.
He is active in a broad spectrum of non-profit and charitable activities and resides in the Greater Los Angeles Area.