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MDC Partners Inc (MDCA.OQ)

MDCA.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Scott Kauffman

62 2015 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

David Doft

46 2007 Chief Financial Officer

Robert Kantor

60 2016 Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer

Mitchell Gendel

52 2016 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Stephanie Nerlich

48 2016 Executive Vice President, Partner Development & Talent

David Ross

37 2016 Executive Vice President - Strategy and Corporate Development

Vincenzo DiMaggio

44 2018 Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer

Matthew Chesler

Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Finance

Alexandra Ewing

38 2016 Chief Communications Officer

Irwin Simon

60 2015 Presiding Director of the Board

Bradley Gross

45 2017 Director

Clare Copeland

82 2007 Independent Director

Daniel Goldberg

53 2016 Independent Director

Lawrence Kramer

68 2016 Independent Director

Anne O'Donovan

59 2016 Independent Director

Desiree Rogers

59 2018 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Scott Kauffman

Mr. Scott L. Kauffman has been appointed Directorof the Company effective December 31, 2018. He is also currently the Chairman of Lotame, a venture-backed internet company. From April 2013 to May 2014, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of New Engineering University, a new university system designed to educate the next generation of world-class engineers. From April 2011 to January 2013, Mr. Kauffman was a member of the board of directors and then Chairman of LookSmart, Ltd, a publicly-traded, syndicated pay-per-click search network. From January 2009 to August 2010, Mr. Kauffman was President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the board of directors, of GeekNet, Inc., a publicly-traded open source software application developer and e-commerce website operator. From September 2006 until its acquisition by Yahoo! in October 2007, Mr. Kauffman was President and Chief Operating Officer, and a member of the board of directors, of BlueLithium, Inc., an internet advertising network and performance marketing company. Prior to joining BlueLithium, Mr. Kauffman was President and CEO, and a member of the board of directors, of several early stage companies, including Zinio Systems, Inc., MusicNow LLC and Coremetrics Inc., where he continued to serve as a board member until the company was acquired by IBM in July 2010. Mr. Kauffman has served in senior and executive management capacities with other digital entertainment, consumer marketing, media and technology companies, including CompuServe and Time Warner.

David Doft

Mr. David B. Doft serves as Chief Financial Officer of MDC Partners Inc., since August 10, 2007. Prior to joining MDC Partners, he oversaw media and Internet investments at Cobalt Capital Management Inc. from July 2005 to July 2007. Prior thereto, he worked at Level Global Investors from October 2003 to March 2005 investing in media and Internet companies. Before that, Mr. Doft was a sell side analyst for ten years predominately researching the advertising and marketing services sector for CIBC World Markets where he served as Executive Director and ABN AMRO/ING Barings Furman Selz where he was a Managing Director.

Robert Kantor

Mr. Robert Andrew Kantor serves as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. Prior to joining MDC Partners, he served as CEO of Publicis NY and President of Lowe & Partners NA, and also founded and built Rotter Kantor, an integrated communications company, as well as Hanger Network, the country’s largest green-marketing platform.

Mitchell Gendel

Mr. Mitchell S. Gendel serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of the Company. Prior to joining MDC Partners, he served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. from December 1999 until September 2004.

Stephanie Nerlich

Ms. Stephanie Nerlich is Executive Vice President, Partner Development & Talent of the company. Prior to joining MDC Partners, Ms. Nerlich served as CEO of Grey Canada and President of Lowe Roche, and also as EVP, Executive Managing Director of BBDO, where she spent 12 years servicing the agencies’ largest clients.

David Ross

Mr. David C. Ross serves as Executive Vice President - Strategy and Corporate Development of the Company. Prior to joining MDC Partners, Mr. Ross was an attorney at Skadden Arps LLP where he represented global clients in a wide range of capital markets offerings, M&A transactions, and general corporate matters.

Vincenzo DiMaggio

Mr. Vincenzo DiMaggio is Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer of the company. He most recently served as the Global Controller & Chief Accounting Officer at Endeavor, a holding company with operating subsidiaries in the sports, entertainment and fashion industries. Prior to that role, Mr. DiMaggio served as Senior Vice President, Deputy Controller at Viacom, a media company. Neither Endeavor nor Viacom is a parent, subsidiary or other affiliate of the Company. He has over two decades of experience in leadership positions of public and private company accounting teams within the media sector. He most recently served as the Global Controller & Chief Accounting Officer at Endeavor, and previously held senior accounting roles at Viacom and The New York Times Company.

Matthew Chesler

Mr. Matt Chesler, CFA is Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Finance of the company.

Alexandra Ewing

Ms. Alexandra Delanghe Ewing serves as Chief Communications Officer of the Company. Prior to joining MDC Partners, Ms. Ewing served as U.S. Director of Communications for DDB, managing national communications efforts on behalf of the network and its agencies.

Irwin Simon

Mr. Irwin David Simon serves as Presiding Director of the Board of MDC Partners Inc. He is the founder of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading organic and natural products company and a Nasdaq listed corporation, and has been its President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors since its inception in 1993. In addition, Mr. Simon has served as Chairman of the board of directors of Hain Celestial since 2000. Mr. Simon also served as a member of the board of directors of Jarden Corporation, a consumer products company from June 2002 until April 14, 2016. Mr. Simon has been a member of the MDC Partners board of directors since his appointment on April 25, 2013, and currently serves as Presiding Director. He is also currently the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee. Mr. Simon brings to the Board unique perspectives on aspects of advertising and marketing services, as well as extensive operational and entrepreneurial experience. In addition, Mr. Simon possesses a great depth of knowledge and experience regarding the consumer-packaged goods industry and related marketing services that are provided by the Company’s partner firms. Mr. Simon resides in New York, New York.

Bradley Gross

Mr. Bradley J. Gross serves as Director of the company. He is a Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Division (“MBD”) of Goldman, Sachs & Co., a position he has held since 2007. Mr. Gross is focused on US technology, media and telecom investing and serves as a member of the MBD Corporate Investment Committee and MBD Risk Committee. Mr. Gross joined Goldman Sachs in 1995 and rejoined the firm after completing business school in 2000. He became a vice president in 2003 and was named managing director in 2007. Mr. Gross serves on the boards of directors of Americold Realty Trust, the global leader in refrigerated warehouse logistics, Griffon Corporation, a holding company with subsidiaries in building products, specialty plastics and defense electronics, Neovia Logistics Holdings, a provider of logistics solutions, PSAV Holdings, a hospitality industry technology provider and Proquest Holdings, a leading information services business serving the higher education market. Since June 2017, he has also served on the board of directors of Open Road Parent LLC, the leading online marketplace and marketing software solutions provider for commercial and recreational dealers. Mr. Gross brings to the board an exceptional track record and important expertise to our continued pursuit of maximizing long-term shareholder value. He has been a member of the MDC Partners board of directors since his appointment on March 7, 2017. Mr. Gross resides in New York, New York. Mr. Gross was nominated by Goldman Sachs pursuant to its rights as the purchaser of the Series 4 Preference Shares.

Clare Copeland

Mr. Clare R. Copeland is Independent Director of MDC Partners Inc., He is Vice Chairman of Falls Management Company, a commercial development and casino operator in Niagara Falls, Ontario, a position he has held since January 15, 2015, following his tenure as Chief Executive Officer since November 2004. Previously, Mr. Copeland was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSF Inc., a manufacturer of retail store interiors and Chief Executive Officer of People’s Jewelers Corporation, a jewelry retailer. He was also Chairman of Toronto Hydro from 1999 to 2013, and was a director of Danier Leather Inc. from 1998 until November 9, 2015. In addition, Mr. Copeland is a member of the board of directors of Chesswood, and is a member of the board of trustees of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Telesat. Mr. Copeland brings extensive experience in management and oversight to the Board. Mr. Copeland has been a member of the MDC Partners board of directors since June 30, 2007. He is currently Chairman of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee. Mr. Copeland resides in Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Copeland has informed the Company that he intends to retire from the Company's Board of Directors on December 31, 2018, rather than serve a full one-year term through June 2019 if re-elected at the June 6, 2018 Meeting. Mr. Copeland's planned retirement at the end of 2018 will facilitate an appropriate transition of responsibilities to other independent directors.

Daniel Goldberg

Mr. Daniel Steven Goldberg serves as Independent Director of the Company effective July 1, 2016. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Telesat, a Canadian satellite communications company, a position he has held since 2006. Prior to joining Telesat, Mr. Goldberg served as Chief Executive Officer of SES New Skies and as a member of the SES Executive Committee, and earlier New Skies positions include Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Before joining New Skies, Mr. Goldberg served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at PanAmSat. Mr. Goldberg is a seasoned executive, bringing to the board global operations expertise and a track record of achieving industry-leading growth and significant equity value creation. He has been a member of the MDC Partners board of directors since his appointment on July 1, 2016. He is currently a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Goldberg resides in Ottawa, Ontario.bringing to the board global operations expertise and a track record of achieving industry-leading growth and significant equity value creation. Mr. Goldberg obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, graduating with the highest honors and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude.

Lawrence Kramer

Mr. Lawrence S. Kramer serves as Independent Director of the Company effective March 1, 2016. He was the founder, Chairman and CEO of MarketWatch Inc., an operator of financial information websites, is past President and Publisher of USA Today, a nationwide newspaper company, and past President of CBS Digital Media, the digital media division of the CBS broadcasting network. Mr. Kramer currently serves as Chairman of TheStreet, Inc., a digital financial media company. He is also a member of the board of directors of Gannett, a news and media company, and a member of the boards of trustees at both Syracuse University and Harvard Business School Publishing. He also served on the board of directors for Discovery Communications from 2008 to 2012. He has been one of the pioneers in digital media since the beginning of the internet, with decades of leadership experience as an executive and board member of private and public companies. He brings to the Board extensive experience in building consumer media brands that leverage emerging digital technology and in helping established media properties navigate the shifting consumer landscape. Spencer Stuart, a leadership consulting firm that was engaged by the MDC Partners board of directors in 2016 to complete an extensive director search, recommended Mr. Kramer to the board. Mr. Kramer’s leadership at both financial and media related companies facilitated the determination that he should be nominated to the MDC Partners board of directors. Mr. Kramer has been a member of the MDC Partners board of directors since his appointment on March 1, 2016. He is currently a member of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee. Mr. Kramer resides in New York, New York.

Anne O'Donovan

Ms. Anne Marie O'Donovan serves as Independent Director of the company effective March 1, 2016. She is an experienced strategic senior executive, public company board member, and CPA, with over 30 years of Canadian and global financial services industry expertise. Ms. O’Donovan currently serves as a Corporate Director and President of O’Donovan Advisory Services Ltd., a financial advisory company. She is a member of the board of directors of Indigo Books & Music, a Canadian bookstore company, Aviva Canada, a leading property and casualty insurance group, and Cadillac Fairview, an owner/operator/developer of office, retail and mixed-use properties. Most recently she served as Executive Vice President at Scotiabank, where she was Chief Administrative Officer for Global Banking and Markets division. Prior to that Ms. O’Donovan had a long, distinguished career at Ernst & Young, a professional services and accounting firm, as Partner. She holds an HBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Spencer Stuart, a leadership consulting firm that was engaged by the MDC Partners’ board of directors in 2016 to complete an extensive director search, recommended Ms. O’Donovan to the board. Ms. O’Donovan brings to the board an in-depth knowledge in the areas of executive leadership, risk management, regulatory, governance, financial management, technology, operations and internal audit, as well as relevant experience working with international teams across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Such knowledge, gleaned through experience at accounting and financial advisory firms, facilitated the determination that Ms. O’Donovan should be nominated to the MDC Partners board of directors. Ms. O’Donovan has been a member of the MDC Partners board of directors since her appointment on March 1, 2016. She is currently Chair of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Desiree Rogers

Ms. Desiree G. Rogers is Independent Director of the company.She is Chairman of Choose Chicago, a tourism agency for the city of Chicago with over $1 billion in revenue, a position she has held since 2013. Ms. Rogers was also Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, a publishing and cosmetics firm, from 2010 – 2017. During the period of 2009 to 2010, Ms. Rogers was The White House’s Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary under the Obama administration, and from 2009 – 2010, was President, Allstate Social Network for Allstate Financial, a personal lines property and casualty insurer. Ms. Rogers is a member of the boards of directors of World Business Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, Conquer Cancer Foundation, Donors Choose, Cradles to Crayons and Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., and is a member of the boards of trustees for the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and The Museum of Science and Industry. Ms. Rogers is a results-oriented business leader, and brings to the board strong interpersonal, collaborative and diplomatic skills. She has been a member of the MDC Partners board of directors since her appointment on April 26, 2018. Ms. Rogers resides in Chicago, Illinois.

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