Brian O. Casey has served as chief executive officer of Westwood since January 2006, as president and director of Westwood since its inception in December 2001, as secretary from 2001 to 2014 and as chief operating officer of Westwood from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Casey has served as chief executive officer of Westwood Management since January 2006, as president since 2002 and as a director since 2000. Mr. Casey served as chief operating officer of Westwood Management from 2000 to 2005, as executive vice president from 2000 to 2002 and as vice president from 1992 to 1996. Mr. Casey has served as director of Westwood Trust since 1996 and he also served as president of Westwood Trust from 1996 to 2013. Since 2002, Mr. Casey has served on the Tartan Board of Directors, a group exclusively devoted to raising money for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Governor's Business Council for the State of Texas. He was appointed in 2008 to the board of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, which helps raise money to support Baylor Health Care System's mission of patient care, education, research and community service. In 2011, he was appointed to the board of the Cooper Institute, an organization dedicated to scientific research in the field of preventative medicine and public health.
As the chief executive officer of the Company and with over 20 years in senior executive roles with the Company, Mr. Casey brings an extensive knowledge of and experience with the Company and its business as well as valuable leadership and management experience. Mr. Casey has deep knowledge of the Company's operations, strategies and competitive environment as well as the asset management industry as a whole. As a board member of several private organizations, Mr. Casey also brings valuable experience in governance matters.
Susan M. Byrne, founder of Westwood, has served on the Board of Directors of Westwood since its inception in December 2001. Ms. Byrne is currently vice chairman and was previously chairman of the Board from December 2001 to April 2015. She has served as director of Global Initiatives since February 2012, co-chief investment officer from January 2011 to February 2012, chief investment officer of Westwood from January 2006 to January 2011, and as chief executive officer from December 2001 to December 2005. Ms. Byrne is the founder of Westwood Management and has served as its chairman of the Board since 1983, as chief investment officer from 1983 to February 2012, as chief executive officer from 1983 to 2005, and as president from 1983 to 2002. She served as a director of Westwood Trust from 1996 to 1999. She has previously served as a member of the board of Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, a member of the board of the University of Texas Investment Management Company, and as a member of the board of trustees for the City of Dallas Employees Retirement Fund.
As the founder and vice chairman of the Board of the Company and as a result of her tenure with the Company and its subsidiaries for over 30 years, Ms. Byrne brings extensive knowledge of and experience with the Company and its business as well as valuable leadership and management experience. Ms. Byrne has deep knowledge of the Company's operations, strategies and competitive environment as well as the asset management industry as a whole. With over 40 years of experience in the investment management business, Ms. Byrne is uniquely qualified to provide insight to the Board on the Company's investment management strategies and operations. As a board member of several private organizations, Ms. Byrne also brings valuable experience in governance matters.