MDC Partners Inc. today announced the formation of a new division within the Company, the Global Technology Group, to introduce a bold new vision for technology infrastructure designed to unleash collaboration at global scale. The Group taps a roster of seasoned intra-network technology leaders who, under the direction of John Georgatos, Global Chief Information Officer, will drive global strategy across the network in areas including security, systems design, and cloud architecture.
The Global Technology Group is the latest in a series of actions MDC Partners has taken to transform the company into the most modern global marketing partner to clients, equipping the company with the state-of-the-art IT infrastructure needed to deliver custom-built solutions that are global in scale, digital in nature, and reliant on agile, borderless collaboration.
“MDC’s global network transformation has innovation at its core,” said Mark Penn, Chairman and CEO. “We are now applying the same forward-thinking creativity to our operational and IT backbone as we do to our creative client work, so that our talent is empowered and propelled, rather than encumbered, by technology.”
In addition to furthering efforts already underway at MDC to centralize and bolster support capabilities, the new group will be tasked with a number of initiatives to prepare MDC talent for the future of work in a post-COVID-19 landscape, including: cloud investments across the global portfolio to support extended remote work and connect creative talent and clients; harnessing AI and machine learning to work more collaboratively and efficiently; new cybersecurity partnerships to mitigate security exposure; expanding and accelerating the move toward entirely wireless real estate infrastructure; and preparing MDC Partners’ forthcoming New York corporate campus at One World Trade Center to support over a dozen agency brands in this new work environment.
“We believe in an in-sourced model that utilizes our existing top talent to work together as one group, to provide a seamless, integrated service across our network,” said John Georgatos, Global Chief Information Officer. “The formation of this group, with a unified strategy, bolsters MDC’s competitive advantage by providing state-of-the-art IT support, security, and innovation opportunities for our agencies and clients.”
“As part of the strategic transformation of MDC Partners over the past year, the formation of this group creates greater efficienciy, unlocking opportunities for reinvestment and innovation, and augmenting collaboration around the network,” said SVP, Global Head of Operations Jason Cammorata.
The Global Technology Group is led by seasoned existing MDC leaders, who will oversee individual focus areas: Shannon Wright, Global Head of Service Delivery & Doner Business Technology; Alex Ramjutten, Global Head of Information, Security & Media Business Technology Partner; Craig Stevens, Global Head of IT Support & TEAM Business Technology Partner; James Duffy, Allison+Partners Business Technology Partner; Kyle Curnuck, Global Head of Cloud Service & Anomaly Business Technology Partner; Grant Aaron, Global Head of Systems Design & Constellation Business Technology Partner; Edward Sears, Global Head of Technology Operations & F&B Business Technology Partner.