Mark Penn

American political consultant

Mark Penn (born January 15, 1954) is an American entrepreneur, pollster, political strategist and author. He is the Chairman and CEO of Stagwell, a marketing group created upon the merger of Stagwell Marketing Group—a private equity fund founded by Penn—and MDC Partners, of which Penn had served as CEO. He formerly served as Chief Strategy Officer of the Microsoft Corporation as well as CEO of Burson-Marsteller (now part of Burson Cohn & Wolfe). He served as Hillary Clinton's chief strategist for her 2008 presidential campaign.


  • You know, winning Democratic primaries is not a qualification, or a sign, of who can win the general election. If it were, every nominee would win, because every nominee wins Democratic primaries.
    • News conference, February 13, 2008. [1] [2]
  • Could we possibly have a nominee who hasn't won any of the significant states -- outside of Illinois? That raises some serious questions about Senator Obama.
  • Being human is overrated.

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