President’s Leadership Advisory Council
World Bank Group
Mark Thompson is coauthor of the international bestseller, Success Built to Last. He brings to every engagement two decades of experience as a senior executive, board member, management coach, producer and investor in growing businesses. Mark helps your team embrace rapid change, ignite growth as leaders and engage with influential people who are driving the future of your brand.
Our thought leader programs inspire deeper relationships with your communities of interest around the world. As an executive coach and producer of leadership programs, Mark is passionate about unlocking the unique insights and skills of remarkable people around the world – from executives, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and billionaires, to the presidents of nations and the leaders of small and large organizations.
Mark’s ability to draw out the relevant personal and business stories from hundreds of thought leader interviews formed the foundation for our book, Success Built to Last, and also resulted in many audio and video programs, including, the Charles Schwab CEO series, Women on Leadership, Seven Sacred Secrets with Maya Angelou, and the DVD program, Creating a Life that Matters.
Forbes Magazine included Mark on its list of America’s leading venture investors with the “Midas” touch in 2004. He has been an investor and chairman of many startups, including Rioport, which popularized the mp3 audio player; VMAX, which held the exclusive distribution license for Micron PCs in China, and Integration Associates, a communications semiconductor company funded by Mark Thompson, Charles Schwab, Jr. and Sequoia. He sold the company to Silicon Labs in 2008 for $80 million.
He worked for a dozen years for Charles Schwab, serving in a variety of senior roles, including Chief Communications Officer and, later, as Executive Producer responsible for the customer experience of Schwab.com. He is a former member of the board of Best Buy Enterprises, Korn Ferry International, Interwoven and Teletech, and was an advisor to many other private startups. He also created the Leaders of the New Century series, and was a contributor and host for CEO and executive interviews for thought leaders programs by Korn Ferry International and Ernst & Young.
A graduate of Stanford, Mark has a passion for education and educational media, particularly for those in need. He volunteers his time and money to independent producers of public broadcasting and to classroom and scholarship programs for elementary and graduate education programs.
Founder and producer of the Charles Schwab CEO Series, with Steve Jobs, Chuck Schwab, Andy Grove and other leaders. Founder and producer of the Leaders of the New Century series with Korn Ferry International and the Ernst & Young Thought Leaders Series. Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Thompson are building the world’s most expensive and exclusive leadership coaching program.