Mark Penn

Mark Penn

CEO at MDC Group, New York
New York, United States

About me

Mark Penn is Chairman and CEO of MDC Partners, the progressive marketing and communications network that champions innovative entrepreneurial talent and barrier-breaking creativity, informed by sophisticated data expertise.

Penn’s experience in growing, building, and managing agencies is well-documented. As the co-founder and CEO of Penn Schoen Berland, a global market research firm that he built and sold to WPP, he demonstrated value creation in a crowded industry by serving clients with innovative techniques, from being first with overnight polling to pioneering unique ad testing methods used by both Presidents and Fortune 100 corporations. At WPP, Penn also became CEO of Burson-Marsteller, and managed the two companies to record profit growth during that period.

Penn earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and attended Columbia Law School. He is a visiting lecturer at Harvard College and a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University, where he teaches courses on Public Opinion.


New York, United States
March 2019 - Present (1 year 4 months)
Managing Partner and President
Washington D.C. , United States
September 2015 - Present (4 years 10 months)
Manage portfolio of companies in digital marketing and other marketing services from advertising to research.
EVP and Chief Strategy Officer
United States
August 2012 - August 2015 (3 years)
EVP and Chief Strategy Officer (Feb 2014 – Aug 2015)
Executive Vice President, Advertising and Strategy (Aug 2013 – Feb 2014)
CVP,Strategic and Special Projects (Aug 2012 – Aug 2013)
Washington, United States
2006 - 2012 (6 years)
Penn Schoen Berland
United States
1975 - 2012 (37 years)


1976 - 1979 (3 years)

Ab - Social studies

1972 - 1976 (4 years)
Activities : Harvard crimson, signet society,hasty pudding

1966 - 1972 (6 years)

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