Chief Operating Officer
Dentsu Network West
What are you reading right now?
The River of Doubt — fascinating blend of history, politics, and adventure. Teddy Roosevelt continues to amaze.
What is your go-to late night snack?
What brand do you admire the most, past or present?
Toss-up between Disney and Nike. Both these brands continue to stay powerfully relevant, and innovative, while deftly balancing brand consistency, and brand flexibility.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Being able to be in several places at once.
What is your favorite quote?
"It’s not so much where one stands, but the direction in which one is headed." This quote has stuck in my core since my high school days.
John Partilla is Chief Operating Officer of Dentsu Network West. His responsibilities include building the overall architecture of the Dentsu Network, as well as overseeing operations, agency integration and business development strategies for the network’s agencies. In addition, John is responsible for managing three of the network’s five priority platforms: Networking, Growth, and Evolution of Products and Services.
Prior to joining Dentsu, John was Executive Vice President and President of Global Media Sales at Clear Channel Communications, Inc. There, he led national business development across the company’s radio and outdoor businesses, and served as a member of the company’s operating board. During his tenure, John was elected to Mediaweek’s “Leading Media Players 2010” (Position #9 out of 50).
Partilla also spent five years at Time Warner, where he led the Global Media Group, helping to drive the growth of advertising and marketing revenue across all of Time Warner’s businesses.
Before joining the media business, John spent 18 years on the agency side, rising to become a Managing Partner of Young & Rubicam, and amassing an extensive roster of strategic sales and brand development experience. He also founded Brand Buzz, a digitally driven agency still thriving today.
Partilla holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in Business Administration from The University of Delaware. John lives with his family in New York.