Chief Business Officer, Secretary and Director
Laura L. Barton leads strategic and business operations initiatives at Odyssey, working closely with the company’s CEO. A communicator at heart, she directs and manages efforts to ensure the proper internal business services are in place to support the execution of Odyssey’s mineral resource project development and portfolio building plans. Ms. Barton bridges all Odyssey departments to facilitate alignment and progress toward the company’s strategic goals including increasing the company’s subsea mineral portfolio value and optimizing business operations.
Ms. Barton also serves as a member of the Board of Directors since 2019 and as Corporate Secretary since 2015. Prior to taking on her current role in 2021, Ms. Barton was a member of the Executive Management team as Executive Vice President and Director of Communications since 2012. Previously, Ms. Barton served as Vice President of Communications from 2007 to 2012 and Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing from 2003 to 2007.
With over 35 years of business experience including more than 20 years at Odyssey, Ms. Barton has extensive strategic planning, corporate governance, business analysis, management, investor relations, marketing, media, and content development experience. Under her leadership, Odyssey’s commercial success has been underscored through the development of global public relations, community and educational programs to demonstrate that Odyssey’s projects are not only monetarily valuable but is also beneficial to society both locally and internationally.
From 1994 to 2003, she was President of LLB Communications, a marketing and communications consulting company that served a variety of broadcast networks, stations, and distributors as well as Odyssey. Mrs. Barton also taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of South Florida. Prior to founding LLB Communications, Mrs. Barton served in various management, marketing, publicity, and creative services positions in local and network television. Mrs. Barton earned a B.A. degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida.