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North America

Jason Harrison

CEO, North America

Jason Harrison is Essence's CEO in North America, responsible for managing the agency's key business relationships and seven offices across the US and Canada. 

A leader with three decades’ experience working across media, technology, and business consulting, Jason is uniquely able to combine deep insight into strategy, analytics, and creativity to help marketing executives meet the challenges presented by today’s rapidly changing economy.  

Previously, Jason managed Essence's relationship with Target as President and Client Partner. He has also served in executive leadership roles as the founding CEO of Team Arrow, Worldwide CEO of the analytics and consumer insight company Gain Theory, and as CIO at both WPP-owned Maxus and IPG-owned Universal McCann. In addition to his success growing and managing agency businesses, Jason also worked as a management consultant at Ernst and Young and Digital River, and as an IT leader engaged in marketing transformation initiatives at Johnson & Johnson. 

An accomplished public speaker and author, Jason regularly addresses issues shaping the advertising industry in panels, keynotes, and through the media. He received a degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and an MBA in strategy and marketing from Rutgers University in New Jersey.