Marie L. Lerch
Executive Scribe is about you. It is a thrill and privilege to write for great leaders—to help you deliver important messages and make things happen. I’m Marie L. Lerch, President of Executive Scribe—and writing executive communications, speeches, and financial communications for top management and senior business leaders is my passion. I am not interested in writing the great American novel and seeing my own name in lights—I’m all about you.
I have written speeches that leaders have delivered to acclaim at major forums throughout the world and which have been published in Vital Speeches of the Day, Executive Speaker, and in McGraw Hill's 50 High-Impact Speeches and Remarks.
In my 35-year career, I have received awards for excellence in communications programs and speechwriting by the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, and other professional organizations—but my true measure of success is how I’ve helped leaders move their organizations forward.
Before starting Executive Scribe, I was vice president of marketing and communications for Booz Allen Hamilton, the Fortune 500 global consulting firm with $5.5 billion in annual sales and more than 20,000 employees. Leading the function for more than 20 years, my responsibilities spanned: corporate identity and brand communications; marketing strategy and programs; press relations and executive communications; digital communications; employee communications; community relations; and investor relations communications.
I served as the chief communications officer for two CEOs—handling executive communications and speechwriting; managing communications for major corporate transitions including a leveraged buy-out, initial public offering, and acquisitions and divestitures; and leading crisis communications for situations ranging from employees deaths on 9/11 to cyber attacks and insider threat revelations. I’ve also served in management and governance roles, and been responsible for communications for the firm’s Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Booz Allen, I was on the Corporate Communications staff of NUS Corporation, a subsidiary of Halliburton Corporation, where I wrote, edited and produced the corporation's quarterly magazine, and supervised production of the annual report.
When I’m not writing, I love winter sports—skiing, snowshoeing, and figure skating (earning the US Figure Skating Association’s gold test medal in ice dance), and can’t get enough of travel, art, nature, and the outdoors. Dogs and classic cars always make me smile.