Jay Leveton leverages extensive leadership experience within marketing communications services in his current role as Partner at The Stagwell Group, where he is responsible for sourcing, integrating, and scaling the firm’s portfolio of companies.
Prior to joining The Stagwell Group, Jay served as the Global CEO at Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, one of the most successful global political polling firms to evolve into a corporate market research company. Jay was the second Global CEO of the 37 year old, WPP-owned firm, having taken over from Mark Penn (current Managing Partner at The Stagwell Group) when he departed for Microsoft in July 2012. As Global CEO, Jay grew the firm’s revenue and profit by double digits annually and expanded its footprint to Germany, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
Jay also served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide at global public relations firm, Burson Marsteller, where he sat on the firm’s senior leadership team and was responsible for several key functions, including marketing, communications, new business development, and senior talent acquisition. In 2012, Jay was recognized by PRWeek as one of the Top 40 Under 40 rising stars in the public relations industry and in 2011, under his leadership, Burson Marsteller was awarded the Holmes Report North American Agency of the Year besting other small, medium and large public relations firms.
Jay has worked with both high level political and corporate clients, including former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, and Accenture, among many others.
Jay graduated cum laude from American University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.