MDC PARTNERS HIRES ASH BENNINGTON AS DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Former CNBC Journalist and Technology Evangelist Will Focus on Developing Cutting Edge Technology Driven Initiatives

NEW YORK, April 15 /CNW/ - MDC Partners Inc. announced today that they have hired Ash Bennington as Director of Strategic Technology and Innovation. In this role, Mr. Bennington will develop strategic technology initiatives for the company. He will also oversee the formation and running of MDC Ideas, an internal think tank dedicated to finding new solutions and opportunities in social media, digital convergence and business analytics.

Mr. Bennington joins MDC Partners from CNBC where he was a journalist and popular blogger reporting on technology, economics, finance, and banking. While at CNBC, he produced in-depth news and commentary. He is a seasoned technology consultant and manager who was previously an Assistant Vice President and Technical Expert at Credit Suisse and a Vice-President of E-Commerce at BB&T.

As Director of Strategic Technology and Innovation, Mr. Bennington will act as MDC Partner's technology evangelist. Within MDC Partners, he will be identifying trends and areas for investment across the digital and technology innovation space. He will also continue to write for CNBC.com as a CNBC contributor.

"I'm thrilled to join the MDC family, and become a part of such a forward thinking organization with great business, technical and creative talent," Mr. Bennington said. "There is an incredible amount of opportunity ahead for MDC, as we move into the next phase of technical innovation and creative excellence and I cannot wait to get started."

"Ash has a unique understanding of the convergence of technology, media, entertainment, telecommunications and advertising. Our plan is for him to travel the globe and pursue compelling investment opportunities in these key areas, which will further enhance MDC's offerings both to our agencies and our clients. His background in business and finance, his understanding of emerging innovations and his ability to effectively communicate these ideas to a wide range of people are an invaluable asset to MDC, and yet another example that MDC Partners is truly 'The Place Where Great Talent Lives," said Miles S. Nadal, Chairman and CEO, MDC Partners.

About MDC Partners, Inc.
MDC is a Business Transformation Organization that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics, insights and strategic consulting solutions to drive meaningful returns on Marketing and Communications Investments for multinational clients in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean.

MDC's durable competitive advantage is to Empower the Most Talented Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders to Drive Business Success to new levels of Achievement, for both our Clients and our Shareholders, reinforcing MDC's reputation as "The Place Where Great Talent Lives."

MDC Partners' Class A shares are publicly traded on  NASDAQ under the symbol "MDCA" and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDZ.A".

SOURCE MDC Partners Inc.

For further information:

Katie Kempner
Sr. VP, Corporate Communications
305-646-7366
kkempner@mdc-partners.com


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