Mark C. Thompson is CEO and co-founder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir
Richard Branson’s network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial
innovation. A leadership coach, bestselling author, venture capitalist and
Tony-nominated Broadway producer, Mark brings real-time solutions to
today’s leadership challenges.
• He is Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer
Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and co-founder of
the Schwab Foundation. He also served as Executive Producer of
Schwab.com, with assets of $1.4 trillion. Forbes Magazine called
Mark one of America’s top investors with the “Midas” touch.
• Mark served on the Board of Directors of Best Buy, Korn Ferry
International, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was
Chairman of Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to
iTunes, and was Chairman of Integration, which was acquired by
Silicon Labs. He is a Founding Patron of Richard Branson’s
Entrepreneurship Centre, and is Program Chairman for the Board of
Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F.
Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
• He is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design
Lab, and is a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University.
He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and World
Business Forum. He is a member of the Clinton Initiative and an
Executive Coach for TED.
• Mark is an investor in entertainment software and health care
companies. He was a founding Board member of Smule, which is
Google and Apple’s top music applications company for the hit TV
series Glee, with over 20 million monthly active users. He is an
investor in Cancer Genetics and CNS Response.
• Among his passions is Broadway. As a producer, Mark’s plays have
earned five Tony awards and ten nominations, including Peter and
the StarCatcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys. He is a
partner in the Broadway Times Square Theatre, which will be
converted into a 4-dimensional Broadway attraction. He lives in the
San Francisco Bay Area and Manhattan with two extraordinary
women, his wife Bonita and daughter Vanessa.