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    Essence is a digital agency that blends data science, objective media and captivating experiences to build valuable connections between brands and consumers. 

    HQChicago, IL, US

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    Employees (est.) (Jan 2021)1,997
    Cybersecurity ratingCMore

    Key People/Management at Essence

    Kyoko Matsushita

    Kyoko Matsushita

    Global CEO
    Adam Gerber

    Adam Gerber

    Global Chief Media Officer
    Amanda Schmidt

    Amanda Schmidt

    Global Chief Talent Officer
    Evan Hanlon

    Evan Hanlon

    Global Chief Product Officer
    Dave Marsey

    Dave Marsey

    President, Client Partner
    Jason Harrison

    Jason Harrison

    CEO, North America
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    Essence Office Locations

    Essence has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and in 12 other locations
    Chicago, IL, US (HQ)
    318 W Adams St #1912
    Chicago, IL, US
    333 N Green St 17th floor
    Los Angeles, CA, US
    6300 Wilshire Blvd 10th floor
    Minneapolis, MN, US
    100 S 5th St #1025
    New York, NY, US
    185 Greenwich St
    San Francisco, CA, US
    130 Sutter St 7th floor, San Francisco
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    Essence Financials and Metrics

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    Essence Operating Metrics

    Y, 2017Feb, 2018


    $3 b


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    Essence Cybersecurity Score

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    Essence Online and Social Media Presence

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    Essence News and Updates

    Dallas/Ft. Worth-Based Luxury Car Dealer Partners With Flexdrive To Enhance Dealership Business Model And Economics, Meet Growing Consumer Demand

    ATLANTA, July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas/Ft. Worth-based eCarOne and Essence Maserati and Alfa Romeo tapped Flexdrive, a car subscription technology and services company that enables dealers and fleet owners to offer on-demand car subscriptions to consumers via mobile devices, as...

    René Murata Selected as Woman of the Year for 2019 by IAOTP

    NEW YORK, July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- René Murata, President & CEO of Risk Integrity Safety Knowledge, Inc. aka (RISK) was just recently selected as Woman of the Year for 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). While inclusion with the International...

    Eye Essence 2018 Global Market Key Players – Lancome, Biotherm, LOreal Paris, kiehls, shu uemura, Olay – Analysis and Forecast to 2025 Presents “Global Eye Essence Market Research Report 2018” New Document to its Studies Database Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday

    Official Dates Announced For The 2019 ESSENCE Festival®: July 4-7, 2019

    NEW YORK, July 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ESSENCE, the number one content, commerce and technology company aimed at Black women, today announced July 4-7, 2019 as the official dates for its franchise event, the ESSENCE Festival®. 2019 will mark the ESSENCE Festival's 25th anniversary, with...

    Essence Ventures Announces $20 Million Fund to Support Makers of Color. Why This Spells Opportunity For Your Business

    Investing in women of color has long been the right thing to do. Businesses who are doing so are winning big as a result.
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    Essence Blogs

    Ethical Advertising in the Intelligent Era

    Andrew Shebbeare, Co-founder and Chairman, together with Kunal Guha, SVP, Head of Product for Asia Pacific, co-Authored an article for Marketing Magazine, which originally appeared online at Marketing Magazine and in the print August 2019 edition.  The world is abuzz with the potential of artificial…

    “Google Store” wins Adweek Project Isaac Award

    Essence and Google are celebrating the Adweek 2019 Project Isaac Awards with a win in the Media: Media Planning/Media Buying Invention category for the Google Store campaign, marking back to back wins. The Project Isaac Awards honor standout work in media invention and innovation. Entries from aroun…

    Claire Grinton promoted to SVP, Head of Experience, EMEA

    Claire Grinton is moving into a new role as SVP, Head of Experience, EMEA. In this newly created, cross-functional role, Grinton will be responsible for unifying Essence’s media, creative, content, and partnerships teams in EMEA with strategy to help clients scale creative innovation programs.  Grin…

    Kunal Guha Appointed Senior Vice President, Product, APAC

    Essence announced the appointment of Kunal Guha as Senior Vice President, Product, APAC. Based in Singapore, he reports to Richard Mooney, Global Chief of Product Operations. In this newly created role, Guha leads Essence’s full-service product offering across APAC, where he is responsible for the d…

    Kyoko Matsushita Named Essence Global CEO

    Essence announced Kyoko Matsushita as the agency’s next Global Chief Executive Officer. Matsushita replaces current Global CEO Christian Juhl who will become Global CEO of GroupM on October 1st.  As Global CEO of Essence, Matsushita will work closely with the agency’s Global Management Team, includi…

    Essence Charity Golf Open Returns to Minneapolis

    Essence will host the second annual Essence Charity Golf Open at The Wilds golf course in Lake Prior, MN on Tuesday, August 13th.  The Open brings together some of the biggest brands in technology, advertising, and media, along with local business leaders to give back to Minnesota. The winning team …
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    Essence Frequently Asked Questions

    • When was Essence founded?

      Essence was founded in 2005.

    • Who are Essence key executives?

      Essence's key executives are Kyoko Matsushita, Adam Gerber and Amanda Schmidt.

    • How many employees does Essence have?

      Essence has 1,997 employees.

    • Who are Essence competitors?

      Competitors of Essence include Ivie & Associates, SilverPush and Audience Partners.

    • Where is Essence headquarters?

      Essence headquarters is located at 318 W Adams St #1912, Chicago.

    • Where are Essence offices?

      Essence has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and in 12 other locations.

    • How many offices does Essence have?

      Essence has 21 offices.