As chief executive officer, Mr. LaRiche sets Castle’s strategy, vision, and culture using input from the executive team and board. Prior to being named chairman and chief executive officer, Mr. LaRiche held the position of vice president for investor relations at Castle and served as a management advisor. His nearly 30 years of management experience include serving in public positions in Washington, D.C. and abroad, interacting with the highest levels of United States and foreign governments, Wall Street, and the media.
As associate director for finance and administration of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Mr. LaRiche managed the priorities of 13 program areas, including finance, budget, endowment and investment policy, human resources, procurement, legal counsel, and technical services for the new museum’s 400 employees and $50 million operating budget.
Mr. LaRiche is past acting president of the U.S. International Cultural and Trade Center. He was recruited to that position at a crucial juncture by a board of trustees appointed by President George H. W. Bush.
For nearly 15 years, Mr. LaRiche was with the Smithsonian Institution where his ever-increasing responsibilities culminated with his position as deputy assistant secretary for external affairs. The Office of External Affairs oversaw congressional relations, development, and membership programs.
Mr. LaRiche holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master of Arts degree in cultural anthropology, both from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations involved in the arts and international development.