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|Residence||New York, United States|
|Occupation||Founder and Chief Mentor, The New Breed Talent Army|
Mark Wnek is a British businessman.
Wnek grew up in England; he is of Polish and French descent. He was a pupil at Dulwich College, England, and graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA in modern languages and sociology. He started his advertising career at Ogilvy & Mather in London, where he created the Pure Genius campaign for draught Guinness and the Rutger Hauer campaign. At the age of 27 he became the youngest member of the O&M board.
At Ogilvy, Wnek was headhunted by creative agency Lowe Howard-Spink. At Lowe, Wnek and partner Alan Waldie created the "Blues Singer" spots for Heineken. They were awarded a Cannes Grand Prix and a BTA Gold arrow. [no citations needed here]
Wnek came to the attention of Jean-Michel Goudard, the 'G' in French ad network, Euro RSCG. Goudard brought Wnek in to run Euro RSCG London. Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper went on to be runners up for Campaign's Agency of the Year title two years running. The agency was also named one of The Guardian newspaper's top 15 coolest companies in Britain.[no citations needed here]
By 2004, Wnek had become chairman of the Euro RSCG group - the second largest marketing services network in the UK. Gosper left to become CEO of McCann in New York, while Wnek became a father and weekly columnist for The Independent newspaper.[no citations needed here]
In 2005, Lowe tempted Wnek out of semi-retirement by offering him the job of chairman and chief creative officer of Lowe North America. The Guardian newspaper wrote that "London advertising has lost one of its most colourful figures'. The result of countless mergers, Lowe NY was in danger of being closed, Mark said "there were issues" that were "deeply ingrained". Within five years, Wnek had completed the turnaround with AdAge magazine naming the company Comeback Agency of the Year 2010. When Deutsch and Lowe merged, the restructuring pushed Wnek out.
Mark Wnek started the New Breed Talent Army (NBTA) in October 2017.
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