David Jones is an industry visionary, proponent of corporate responsibility and social change, and The Guardian ’s 2013 Sustainable Business Leader.
In June 2015, after raising $350 million, David launched The Brandtech Group (formerly known as You & Mr Jones), a technology holding company that helps brands do their marketing better, faster and cheaper.
The Brandtech Group comprises companies only from the fastest-growing, most disruptive sectors of marketing, including in-housing, influencer marketing and people-powered content, digital and mobile media, e-commerce, data and analytics and metaverse innovation. The Group is headquartered in New York and has 5,000 employees, with operations in 33 countries and revenues in excess of $500 million.
It was recognized by Fast Company as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies 2021 and named to CB Insights list of the world’s most valuable private unicorns. It works with some of the world’s leading global companies including, Adidas, Banco Itaú, Danone, Intuit, LVMH, Meta, Microsoft, Renault-Nissan, PayPal, TikTok and Unilever.
The Group also makes minority investments in cutting-edge technology companies including, a $20 million investment in Pinterest in 2017, as well as being the first external investor in AR gaming and real-world metaverse leader, Niantic (Pokémon Go) in 2015.
Previously David was the youngest global CEO in the history of advertising. He headed both Havas and Havas Worldwide and was the only British CEO of a French publicly traded company. Under David’s leadership, Havas’s share price reached a 10-year high. He delivered record profits every reporting period, increasing its market capitalization by 66% and creating more than $1 billion of shareholder value.
David is the creator of the Social Business Idea and author of best-selling book Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business Is Better Business, published in 2011 by Pearson/Financial Times Publishing in more than 50 countries.
He was named by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and was one of the founding members of the Facebook Client Council. David was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement in 2005 and voted one of the two top executives of the decade by readers of Adweek. He was also named one of Britain’s 500 Most Influential people by The Sunday Times.
Along with Kate Robertson, David co-founded One Young World, the renowned non-profit that provides brilliant young leaders with a global platform through which to effect positive change. Since its founding, the registered UK charity and US 501c3 has built a network of approximately 13,700 young leaders from all around the world who have created initiatives directly impacting over 30 million people globally. Its annual Summit gathers together young leaders with dignitaries and high-profile leaders from all walks of life, including politics, sport, activism, the arts and business.