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Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
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John Bernbach


The Bernbach Group

New York, NY, USA

John Bernbach


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 Newsfeed

Distillier's Grand Brulot VSOP Cognac Café - Product Launch

Distillier is poised to launch its coffee-blended VSOP Cognac offering in the US. The company, which is owned by John Bernbach and Francisco Tonarely, initially released Grand Brulot VSOP Cognac Café in New York through a soft launch in New York earlier this year... Produced on the Tardy Cognac family estate in France, the iteration comprises a VSOP Cognac made with Ugni Blanc & Colombard grapes. The liquid is then blended with Robusta coffee beans sourced from Guayas, Ecuador, then aged for up to six years in French Oak barrels.

Bedford's John Bernbach Named Ai Media Group Chairman

Daily Voice Director John Bernbach of Bedford has been named Chairman of the Board at Ai Media Group, a full-service digital media, and technology company...As chairman, Bernbach will work on developing growth strategies and creating new service offerings for the media and technology business.

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John Bernbach’s Background

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The Bernbach Group
Jul 2015 - Present
New York, NY, USA
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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Other Business Interests

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.
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.
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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

BA Constitutional Law
1962 - 1966