FTC Looks To Change; MDC Explores A Sale

Cold Shower For Market Power Big tech, are your ears burning? On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission held the second in an ongoing series of hearings digging into competition and consumer protection issues. The FTC is trying to update its enforcement and policy agenda in the face of fast-paced technological change. “Technology is no longerContinue reading »

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CEO Exit Caps A Terrible Few Years At MDC

MDC CEO and Chairman Scott Kauffman will step down from the holding company. Kauffman will remain CEO and retain his board seat until the company finds a replacement, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news Wednesday. But MDC has been in decline for a while. It lost half its stock valueContinue reading »

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Cannes 2018: At MDC Partners, Autonomy Is The Key To Success

MDC Partners CEO Scott Kauffman runs his agency network a bit differently than his peers. While the agency founders’ culture has come under fire recently, Kauffman, who has been CEO at MDC since 2006, actively facilitates it. MDC takes a majority stake in agencies and lets its entrepreneurs drive their own growth rather than acquiringContinue reading »

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Podcast: Don’t Call MDC Partners A Holding Company

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Welcome to AdExchanger Talks, a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here. “I don’t even use the term ‘holding company,’” MDC Partners CEO Scott Kauffman says in the latest episode of AdExchanger Talks. “We don’t even think of ourselves as a parent company.” What, then? Kauffman says MDC’s investment philosophy is about “partnership” rather than “ownership.” TheContinue reading »

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