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The Bernbach Group

New York, NY, USA

John L Bernbach
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John L Bernbach’s Biography

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.

John Bernbach’s Background

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The Bernbach Group
Jul 2015 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Distillier LLC Grand Brulot
Oct 2017 - Present
Cognac, FR
Grand Brulot is hand-crafted in the Cognac region of France. A unique VSOP Cognac blended with Ecuadorean coffee beans, the blend is aged in French oak barrels to allow the flavor to meld.
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Current Board Positions

Ai Media Group
Chairman of the Board
Mar 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Ai Media Group specialize in defining, managing and executing online marketing strategies. They are marketing professionals, business consultants and technology experts dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help clients succeed.

Previous Board Positions

Putnam Investments
Board of Trustees
Boston, MA, USA
With offices in Boston, London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Sydney, and Singapore, Putnam Investments is comprised of a broad team of active managers dedicated to helping individuals and institutions succeed.

Current Advisory Roles

The Blackstone Group
Senior Advisor
New York, NY, USA
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms seeking to create positive economic impact and long-term value for their investors, the companies they invest in and the communities in which they work.


Casita Maria
Board of Trustees
New York, NY, USA
Casita Maria creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success, through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs.

John Bernbach’s Education

Georgetown University
BA Constitutional Law
1962 - 1966

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