NEW YORK, March 21, 2019 – BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe), a leading global communications agency, announced today that Mark Thorne has been appointed Global Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Thorne will be a strategic partner to BCW Global CEO Donna Imperato in transforming the agency’s financial model to better reflect its wide range of services and offerings. He is based in New York and replaces Pat Przybyski, formerly Global Chief Financial Officer.
“Mark is well known for his strong business acumen, deep operational experience and high-level strategic thinking,” said Imperato. “I have known Mark for many years and am thrilled to now call him my partner. He is the right leader to help BCW execute our strategies and grow exponentially.”
Thorne spent the past 20 plus years with Hill+Knowlton Strategies in a range of leadership roles, most recently serving as Global Chief Financial Officer and Global Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Thorne was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, North America, for WPP, and before that he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Beatrice International Food Company. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte).
“Donna has led one of the most profound transformations in the communications industry to date and delivered an exceptional first year,” said Thorne. “I am excited to partner with her and the leadership team to continue building a great and thriving company.”