Mark Gross

Executive Vice President/Executive Creative Director
DDB Chicago


With a BFA in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, Mark Gross began his career in 1990 in New York City designing movie titles and logos for RGA. Drawn to advertising, Mark landed a much-coveted junior art director position at Chiat/Day. During his two-year stint, Mark learned the art of creating award-winning work from the great Lee Clow working on accounts such as MTV, Reebok, American Express and New York Lottery.

With a little nudge from his Midwest wife, Mark moved to Chicago in 1993 where he landed an art director position at DDB. Mark rose from Art Director to Executive Creative Director, creating award-winning work for multiple clients including McDonald’s, Capital One, Anheuser Busch, and Mars/Wrigley.

Mark’s most notable work is the Bud Light Real Men of Genius campaign, now known for being the most awarded radio campaign in advertising history. In 2012 Business Insider named Mark one of the top 25 most creative people in advertising. Mark served on the inaugural Radio Lion jury at Cannes in 2005 and went on to serve as Jury President in 2007.

His list of awards include an Emmy, Grand Andy, Grand Clio, 3 Best of Show Radio Mercury Awards, The One Show, D&AD, Art Directors Club, New York Festivals and multiple Cannes Lions including two Grand Prixes. Mark’s been a part of more than 75 Super Bowl commercials, placing number one 4 times on USA Today’s Ad Meter.

Mark spends his spare time traveling, cooking and food blogging, drawing, golfing, working out and spending time with his wife, two boys and two dogs.