John Bernbach

Senior Advisor

Mr. John Bernbach is CEO of The Bernbach Group, a business consulting firm. In 2017, Mr. Bernbach was part of a team of diverse corporate executives who founded Distillier, LLC and developed and introduced Grand Brulot, the esteemed VSOP Cognac & coffee alcoholic beverage, in the US & Europe. Mr. Bernbach served as Vice Chairman of Engine, one of the largest privately-owned independent marketing services companies, which he joined in January 2010. He was also a co-founder of NTM (Not Traditional Media) Inc., a marketing and media advisory firm created in 2003 to work with clients and media companies to develop strategies integrating nontraditional marketing solutions and new media models. Prior to that, Mr. Bernbach, as CEO of The Bernbach Group, LLC, led this executive management consulting business concentrating on corporate and communications strategies. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Bernbach served as Director and then CEO and Chairman of North American Television, which produced and distributed news and entertainment programming. In 1994, Mr. Bernbach launched the publication of luxury goods magazines in China, Japan, France and Spain. Prior to 1994, Mr. Bernbach spent 22 years at the advertising firm Doyle Dane Bernbach, the last eight as President/COO of DDB Needham Worldwide. In 1986, he was one of five founders of Omnicon, which at that time was the largest marketing services and communications groups in the world.

Mr. Bernbach currently serves on the Boards of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, Putnam Investments LLC; Empower Retirement; Power Pacific Corporation Limited; and Casita Maria. Mr. Bernbach was advisor to Blackstone from 2008 and then became Chairman of the Board of Ai Media Group LLC, which is a Blackstone company. Mr. Bernbach is Chairman of the Board of Distillier, LLC, as well as a Senior Advisor to and investor in BrainLit AB. Mr. Bernbach also serves as Senior Advisor to the Board of Rockefeller Capital Management.