Our Leadership

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Doug Ray

Doug Ray

US CEO | Carat USA

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Doug Ray is the U.S. CEO of Carat, Dentsu Aegis Network’s flagship media network. His vision is clear: to Redefine Media by leveraging the disruptive, yet powerful dynamics of globalization and media convergence.

Under Doug's leadership, Carat has consistently achieved year-over-year growth by focusing his innovation agenda on people, product, and clients. The agency has added more than $4 billion in billings and nearly doubled in revenue since he was appointed to lead the brand in 2011. Most recently, Carat has expanded its relationship with leading marketers including P&G, Mondelez, Macy's and Pfizer. 

Doug also served as Carat's first Global President from 2012 through the end of 2015. During this period, Carat was named Global Network of the Year (by Campagin), ranked #1 within RECMA's Qualitative Agency Assessment five out of their last six reports, and Agency of the Year 54 times across 15 local markets.

Doug has been honored by Adweek as Media Executive of the Year, joining the publication's prestigious list of Media All-Stars. He has also been named a Media Maven by Advertising Age and a Legend & Leader by NBCUniversal.

Follow Doug on Twitter @DougRayPOV

Michael Epstein

Michael Epstein

President and Chief Client Officer | Carat USA

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Michael joined Carat in May, 2013 in the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer US, where he was responsible for the overall Carat product as well as the management and development of our suite of tools to aid planning and buying teams in the delivery of innovative solutions for our clients. Additionally, Michael oversees Carat’s digital practice where he has implemented new structures for both strategy and activation enabling the agency to be positioned to deliver against the converging media landscape. In 2014, Michael was promoted to Chief Client Officer.

Prior to joining Carat, Michael spent 14 years with Mindshare and played a central role in the agency’s growth and success. Most recently he served as President, Client Services setting the vision of a number of key functions: digital, multi-cultural, new business, corporate communications and promotions.

Michael’s strategic vision for the account included innovative approaches to the upfront marketplace including video agnosticism, new ways to approach communications planning and a comprehensive digital planning and investment framework which became the blueprint for Unilever’s approach to digital globally. Michael also held leadership positions on American Express, Merrill Lynch, BlackRock and Marsh Inc.

Justine Bloome

Justine Bloome

EVP, Head of Strategy and Innovation | Carat USA

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Justine leads the Catalyst team at Carat, a multi-disciplined group of communications, content, creative and technology strategists. Catalyst accelerates business outcomes for brands via strategic innovations designed for cultural complexities, atomized choice and rapid convergence. With an extensive background in digital, media and content, Justine works with Carat’s clients to redefine media through the agency’s command of convergence.

Prior to joining Carat, Justine founded marketing and communications firm, The Village Agency, in her native Australia in 2010. Previously, she was Business Strategist at Jack Morton Worldwide, where she was responsible for driving digital transformation and campaign amplification for the agency's brand clients.

Justine has more than 17 years experience developing and executing integrated campaign strategies across owned, earned and paid media for a range of clients, including REA Group, SEEK, NAB, Australian Super, MTV, National Geographic Channel, Coca Cola, Ford Motoring, Optus, McDonalds, ING Direct, Mitsubishi, Vodafone, MARS, Disney Australia, Schweppes and Cadbury Australia.

Follow her on Twitter @inBloome

Ed Gorman

Ed Gorman

Global President, MasterCard and Staples | Carat USA

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Ed has 23 years marketing experience with a concentration in media communications management.  He has extensive experience across categories of Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Technology, E-Commerce as well as Financial Services – his focus is fast paced business and delivering innovation. At Carat, he manages large and complex account assignments across geographies and is driven to create client innovations and harmonious integration with partner agencies.  

Ed has a client reputation of diplomacy, open collaboration and management.  His teams are known for delivery excellence. Ed was previously the CMO of Omnicom’s OMD where he was responsible for global account management and the utilization of Branded Entertainment, Multicultural and Sports Marketing. He also has worked in integrated advertising agencies; DDB, Ammirati & Puris and Wells, Rich Greene.  Ed also has worked in retail point of purchase display design and implementation. He enjoys sports, travel and technology. 

Mark Mylan

Mark Mylan

EVP, Managing Director, Business Development and Marketing | Carat USA

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Sean Power

Sean Power

Chief Financial Officer | Carat USA

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Sean Power is the Chief Financial Officer of Carat in the US.  Having spent over 20 years in finance roles within the advertising industry, his experience provides him the background needed to drive financial excellence across the agency. He joined Carat US in 2012 as the CFO after spending 17 years in various finance roles within Publicis Groupe, and in 2014 assumed responsibility for Dentsu Aegis Network’s US Media brands.

In his role, Sean oversees all financial operations and commercial negotiations, serving as the lead financial contact for Carat’s clients across multiple locations in the US. 

Sean earned his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and holds a Masters of Business Administration in finance from Rutgers University. He is a member of the 4A’s Media Finance Committee and lives in Long Island.

Robert Hannan

Robert Hannan

EVP, Managing Director, Operations | Carat USA

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As a career Agency Executive, Robert was thrilled to join Carat in 2013 to leverage his operational expertise in an exciting and developing agency environment. Having spent years in a Business Process Outsourcing Operation, focusing on marketing efficiencies for Citibank, RBS and AIG within a newly formed Financial Services vertical, Robert was open to the opportunity of running Operations for the Carat group.

Prior to Carat, Robert spent the majority of his career as Managing Director of Integrated Operations for Lowe, part of the IPG group of companies, spanning several units working on operational improvements for some of the world’s largest and most renowned brands including Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, United Parcel Service, Dell and Verizon. Robert brought lean sigma process improvements and customized technology solutions to the business to ensure an efficient operating model across all departments and disciplines.

Throughout his agency tenure, Robert has worked all aspects of the business, reaching down from a management level to engage and motivate resources around a common goal in support of providing the best service and value for our Clients’ business.

Earlier in his career, Robert worked his way up through production, account management and operational roles in various agencies working on CPG, Financial Services, Technology and Government Services accounts.

Jodi Gorenstein

Jodi Gorenstein

SVP, Human Resources Director | Carat USA

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