Sebastian Jespersen

Co-Author. President & Founder of Vertic

Sebastian Jespersen is an innovator, a business strategist, and a breakthrough digital thinker. He founded independent digital agency Vertic over a decade ago; today it has a footprint on three continents and serves some of the world’s best-known global marketers and brands. Both a digital guru and evangelist, he has successfully taken a start-up from the birth of the online marketing era through to the advertising world’s new Internet battleground. All while shepherding Vertic to extraordinary year-on-year growth. Clients include Microsoft, SAP, GE, Novo Nordisk, GSK and PayPal.

Sebastian’s pre-Vertic years as a management consultant in Europe and Asia underscore a multinational, analytical problem-solving point of view. This contrasts with common creative or technical leadership found at most ad agencies today. His interpretation of social business, data, targeting and the bridging of marketing to sales - as well as his revolutionary application of this understanding to new platforms like LinkedIn - makes him a leader in today’s fast paced, complex marketing world.


Stan Rapp


Stan Rapp is a business builder who has twice served as Chairman/CEO of global advertising agencies at the forefront of the advertising industry. As co-founder of Rapp Collins (rebranded as RAPP) he launched an agency that became one of the top 10 world wide. As the CEO of MRM - McCann Relationship Marketing - the agency grew from 30 to 200 million in revenue.

He was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the 101 individuals who shaped advertising in the 20th Century, and was elected to the Direct Marketing Association Hall of Fame. Direct Marketing magazine named him one of its select group of “industry legends.” Rapp is co-author of the bestselling book, MaxiMarketing, which first predicted the change from mass marketing to individualized marketing, and five other books tracing the rapidly changing marketing scene. Most recently, he served as Chairman of Engauge, a pacesetting social/digital agency founded in 2007 and acquired by Publicis in 2013.