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Karen van Bergen

Karen van Bergen

Karen van Bergen

Dean | Executive Vice President

OmnicomUniversity | Omnicom Group

Karen van Bergen became the third Dean of OmnicomUniversity (OU) in January 2020, since its conception 25 years ago. Karen also leads Omnicom's Common Ground initiative, which supports the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

Before being appointed Dean of OU, Karen was CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group. She held responsibility for all public relations and public affairs firms within Omnicom, encompassing more than 6,300 employees.

Prior to Omnicom PR Group, Karen served as CEO of Porter Novelli. Over a three-year period, Karen led the agency on a path of significant transformation—marked by growth and award-winning work and capped by recognition as a 2014 PRWeek Best Place to Work—a result of Karen’s steadfast focus on talent. Working in-house, Karen served two stints with McDonald’s in Europe and Asia totaling more than 13 years; she also worked with The Coca-Cola Company and Outboard Marine Corporation.

Karen’s leadership has been recognized with honors including Ad Age “Woman to Watch” and New York Business Journal “Woman of Influence.” In 2017, she was PR jury president at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and was the first woman ever ranked #1 on the PRWeek Power List. Karen is a founding member of Omniwomen and serves on the boards of Morning Consult, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York Pops and the US Friends of the Royal Concert Hall Orchestra.

Conference Location

Dealmakers Conference
Nashville, Tennessee
Tel: (800) 988-4726