Gail Osten

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Gail Osten
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Occupation Director, Corporate Communications
Employer Chicago Board Options Exchange
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA

The late Gail Osten was director of corporate communications for Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) since 2008, responsible for managing CBOE's media relations efforts. She died on March 19, 2015 from cancer. She was well-liked and appreciated for her broad scope of knowledge about the industry and her direct approach.[1][2]


Osten had been in the financial services industry in marketing and public relations roles since 1973, when she joined the public relations staff of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).

Osten was director of market education for CME Group from January 2006 through August 2007, after serving as editor-in-chief and executive editor of Stocks, Futures and Options Magazine (SFO Magazine) from 2002. Her earlier association with CME spanned nearly 17 years (1982-1999), as she rose from manager of media relations to vice president of advertising and marketing services, directing all corporate and product advertising and direct marketing efforts, collateral production, presentational support, management of client databases and event planning.[3][4]

From 1999 through 2001, she was senior vice president of marketing and public relations for Transwestern Group, the umbrella organization for Transwestern Commercial Services, a national commercial real estate firm with 28 offices, and for Transwestern Investment Company, a privately held commercial property investment firm.

Osten has also done freelance marketing, public relations and writing for publications including the Wall Street Journal, FOW, SFO and others, and was part of the original MarketsWiki team during its formative stages.

Other associations include director of public relations for MidAmerica Commodity Exchange, consultant for NQLX, and a direct-mail writer and producer for CNA Insurance.


Osten received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. Professional associations include serving as president of FIA Chicago, an officer of Public Relations Society of America, Agricultural Relations Council, American Association of Agricultural Editors and others.


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