Mr. John Bernbach is CEO of The Bernbach Group, a business consulting firm. In 2017, John 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 and Europe.
John served as Vice Chairman of Engine, one of the largest privately-owned independent marketing services companies. He was also a co-founder of NTM (Not Traditional Media) Inc., a marketing and media advisory firm working with clients and media companies to develop strategies integrating nontraditional marketing solutions and new media models. From 1995 to 2000, John served as Director, then CEO and Chairman of North American Television, which produced and distributed news and English language foreign entertainment programming. In 1994, John Bernbach launched the publication of luxury goods magazines in China, Japan, France and Spain. Prior to 1994, John 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 Omnicom, which at that time was the largest marketing services and communications group in the world.
John currently serves on the Boards of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company, Putnam Investments, Power Pacific Corporation Limited, Casita Maria, Ai Media Group LLC, Distillier LLC, and as an advisor to Mr. Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman & CEO of The Blackstone Group.
A graduate of Georgetown University, John holds a degree in Political Science & Constitutional Law. During his career John spent 14 years abroad, 7 years in London, 6 years in Paris and shorter stints in Brussels & Madrid. He is fluent in French language and culture.