Jonathan Nelson » CEO, Omnicom Digital, Omnicom Group Inc.
Jonathan Nelson co-founded Organic, the first interactive agency, in 1993, and served as Organic’s CEO for seven years. Currently Jonathan is CEO of Omnicom Digital where he oversees strategy for Omnicom’s digital assets.
Described as a “serial entrepreneur,” Jonathan has founded, or played a critical role in, building a number of companies. In 1999, Jonathan took two companies public: Accrue Software, Inc., a web measurement and analysis company that he founded in 1995, and Organic. Later, he guided Organic through its subsequent re-privatization.
Jonathan is widely recognized as an industry thought leader, appearing in print in The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, and Ad Week and on television on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. His numerous accolades include being named one of the top 100 young innovators of the century by MIT’s Technology Review in 1999, and one of the top entrepreneurs of 1997 by Red Herring Magazine. He was inducted to AdAge’s Hall of Fame in 2001 for his “indelible imprint” on the Internet industry.
Jonathan sits on numerous boards in the media and finance industries. Jonathan is passionate about music. He is the co-owner of two San Francisco venues and co-produces San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass annually in Golden Gate Park.