Mark Thompson joined us March 6, 2008.
Mark Thompson is an Executive Coach, Investor, Management Advisor, and former Board Member of Fortune 500 Companies. As best-selling coauthor of Success Built to Last, the sequel to Built to Last with over one million copies sold, Mark is also producer of programs with Richard Branson, Jack Welch, Bill Gates, and hundreds of CEOs and entrepreneurs for the Leaders of the New Century Series, which covered dozens of industries, including technology companies, retailing, manufacturing, customer service organizations, media, real estate, medical services products, and more.
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Cofounder of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab and a visiting scholar at Stanford, Mark serves as faculty at the prestigious World Economic Forum & John F. Kennedy University. Forbes Magazine honored him on its list of America’s leading venture investors with the “Midas” touch in 2004.
As an executive coach, producer of leadership programs and former operating executive, Mark is passionate about unlocking the unique insights and skills of hundreds of remarkable people around the world from executives, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and billionaires, to the presidents of nations and the CEOs of small and large international organizations. His audiobook productions have won Audie and Columbia/duPont awards, and he produced the audiobooks for the Peabody award–winning Lost & Found Sound series on National Public Radio.
Mark is a former member of the board of Best Buy Enterprises, Korn Ferry International, Interwoven and Teletech. He has been an investor and chairman of many technology and media startups. He served as Chairman of Rioport, Inc., which popularized the MP3 player; he was Chairman of Integration, Inc., a communications semiconductor company; and Chairman of VMAX, which was the exclusive distributor of Micron PCs in China. Mark served on the board of the National Investor Relations Institute and Seniornet.com. In 1996 he accepted an appointment to Chairman Arthur Levitt’s U.S. SEC Consumer Advisory Council.