Kirk McDonaldFounding Member CEO, GroupM North America
Kirk is the CEO of GroupM North America where he leads 6,500 people passionate about shaping the next era of media where advertising works better for people. Named as one of the “50 vital leaders in tech, media and marketing,” according to Adweek, Kirk is a member of GroupM’s Global Leadership Team, and is a key player in championing GroupM’s business strategies and working with agency leadership to provide best-in-class solutions for clients through the development of data and technology-enabled services.
With $17.6 billion in media investment billings across the U.S. and Canada, GroupM owns a 22% market share in the world’s largest region. Kirk is particularly driven to help GroupM lead the way in driving real change across the industry to find a new balance of making advertising less interruptive and a valued part of the media experience. He also believes that, as the desire for brands to play their part in leading the way toward real change grows stronger, GroupM is the one to help clients be authentic and bold in this moment.
Prior to GroupM, Kirk most recently served as Chief Business Officer at WarnerMedia’s Xandr where he was in charge of go-to-market functions including sales, communications, product marketing, and marketing strategy/execution after holding the role of Chief Marketing Officer for nearly two years. Prior to AT&T, Kirk was President of PubMatic, the marketing automation software company, and also held roles with Time Inc., Fortune|Money Group, and CNET Networks, among others.
Throughout his career, Kirk received many accolades, including being named to Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list in 2018, Adweek’s 2014 “12 Stars of Ad Tech Who are Building the Future of the Industry Right Now” list, and Business Insider’s 2014 “The 46 Most Important African-Americans in Technology” list, among others.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Elanco (NYSE: ELAN), and is a member of the prestigious Executive Leadership Council. He also serves on several other professional and not-for-profit boards including the Ad Council, Advertising Week Advisory Council, and is the co-chair of MOUSE/CI.
In the Press
Black Enterprise: Kirk McDonald (CEO, GroupM NA) as Speaker & Award Recipient at the 2022 Black Men XCEL Conference
GroupM North America CEO Kirk McDonald to be Honored at Black Enterprise’s Black Men Xcel Summit
Media Snack Meets YouTube Video: Kirk McMonald, CEO GroupM North America
Adweek Article: GroupM’s Kirk McDonald Discusses the Future of Thoughtful Connectivity and Relevance
Ad Age Article: GroupM North America CRO Kirk McDonald on Fixing Media