Mark Penn

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at MDC Partners, Inc.

Mark Penn

Mark Penn

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at MDC Partners, Inc.

Career Highlights

The Stagwell Group LLC
MDC Partners, Inc.
Burson-Marsteller, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Meridian International Center

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Partner at The Stagwell Group LLC

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Co-Founder at No Labels

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General Counsel at MDC Partners, Inc.

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at MDC Ventures

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Founder at GridPoint, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Green Partnerships for Growth

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Fund Advisor at The Stagwell Group LLC

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Vice President & General Manager, Government Affairs at Chevron Corp.

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Head, Outreach to Government Clients at Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

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Co-Founder at No Labels

No Labels is an American political organization based in the United States, composed of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, whose mission is to usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics. No Labels is a movement that includes citizens, current and former members of Congress, state and local officials, and business, union, nonprofit and student leaders from across the political spectrum who advocate a new politics of problem solving. The group’s core mission is to organize leaders and citizens across America who want elected officials in Washington to give up their all-or-nothing partisan approach to politics and focus on solving the nation’s most pressing challenges.

BA in Political Science
Class of 1976

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Class of 1972
Started 1976

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.


Council on Foreign Relations, Inc. provides and disseminates ideas on foreign policies to individuals, corporate members, journalists and policy makers. It operates a forum for government officials, students and other interested parties to study and discuss world issues and impact on American foreign policies. The company publishes Foreign Affairs, a magazine that comes out six times a year, along with books and studies by its own scholars. Council on Foreign Relations was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in New York City, NY.



Career History
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
2019 - Current

MDC is a Business Transformation Organization that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics, and strategic consulting solutions to drive meaningful returns on Marketing and Communications Investments for multinational clients in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. MDC’s durable competitive advantage is to Empower the Most Talented Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders to Drive Business Success to new levels of Achievement, for both our Clients and our Shareholders, reinforcing MDC's reputation as "The Place Where Great Talent Lives." MDC Partners' Class A shares are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol "MDCA" and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDZ.A".

2015 - Current

The Stagwell Group LLC operates as an investment advisory company. It invests in advertising, research, data analytics, public relations, and digital marketing services. The company was founded by Mark J. Penn in June 2015 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Tenure Unconfirmed
Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Trustees

Promoting global leadership through the exchange of ideas, people, and culture. Our mission is to create innovative exchange, education, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals: Strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors Our mission is achieved through: PUBLIC AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY Meridian has been advancing the United States' public and cultural diplomacy efforts since 1960. Tens of thousands of international leaders have participated in our exchange programs designed to increase their understanding of the United States and the American people. Leadership Exchanges Meridian is the leading manager of the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange operation—the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) — and creates custom programs for other U.S. government agencies, as well as public and private sector organizations. Cultural Exhibitions Meridian’s Art for Cultural Diplomacy program creates opportunities for Washington, DC, national and international audiences to learn about other cultures through the eyes of visual and performing artists. Our exhibitions have traveled to 50 countries and 320 cities in 44 U.S. states. CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND GLOBAL READINESS TRAINING Meridian’s unique convening platform provides tools and a methodology to leverage global peer networks, cross-sector exchanges, and knowledge sharing. These outcome-focused programs accelerate dialogue and help established and emerging leaders hone their talents, share their experience and realize sustained positive impact. PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Meridian stands at a neutral intersection of the public, private and diplomatic sectors, giving our public programs and events a depth and scope that is unique. From keynote speeches by some of the world’s top leaders to roundtable discussions on global challenges, we provide year-long opportunities for innovative exchanges of ideas on international issues.

Political Donations

Senator from Maine


Senator from Colorado


Representative at Office of the Representative from Florida's 13th District, Charlie Crist

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The Stagwell Group LLC purchases MultiView, Inc. from Warburg Pincus LLC, Mercury Management LLC

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The Stagwell Group LLC purchases Forward3D Ltd. from Forward Dimension Capital 1 LLP

Awards & Honors
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2011 World Economic Forum on Latin America

The foundation for a Latin American decade was at the core of the 2011 World Economic Forum on Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The meeting was held at an exceptional time in Latin American history, with most countries well positioned for economic growth, and most of them willing to engage actively on international issues. The region’s main challenge is to set realistic targets to be attained by the end of the decade, and to mobilize to reach them in a global landscape in deep transformation. To address this challenge, 750 top regional and global leaders from 45 countries convened around three thematic pillars: 1) Strengthening Regional and International Governance; 2) Enhancing Innovation and Productivity for Equitable Growth; and 3) Promoting Effective Partnerships for Sustainable Development.

2011 Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference

Aspen, CO, United States
2010 Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, continues to broaden its reach and engage with more people than ever before on ideas that matter. A major focus throughout the Festival, which opens today, is increasing live and on-demand video opportunities for online viewers around the world.

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