Andrew Essex is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Plan A, a creative holding company based in NYC and frequent consultant for multiple CEOs and CMOs in myriad industries. Essex is the former Chief Executive Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, the parent company of the Tribeca Film Festival, and founding CEO of Droga5, arguably the most celebrated creative agency on the planet, which was acquired for a record multiple by William Morris Endeavor in 2013 and sold again to Accenture in 2019. A highly creative strategic executive with 30+ years in marketing, media, technology, events, content, business development, hospitality and M&A, he is a proven entrepreneurial leader and culture builder with multiple exits, high-profile turnaround experience and world-class relationships, skilled in recruiting, retaining and managing talent and overseeing complex P&Ls, and a rainmaker with extensive track record of generating high-margin revenue, crafting compelling narratives and operating complex enterprises in competitive markets. He is a frequent public speaker on media, marketing and monetization strategies and sits on the board of The AdCouncil, iPic Entertainment, Plus Pool. He is the Chair of the NYC Mayor’s Creative Council, and a former advisor to the White House American Office of Innovation and the Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management. He serves as an angel investor and advisor to top disruptive companies and prominent unicorns.
Co-Founder, Plan A