Meet Ad Age’s 2017 40 under 40

Forward thinkers. Risk-takers. Rainmakers. Our 2017 class is an eclectic group of movers in the worlds of media, marketing, tech and advertising.

Described by his co-workers as having “a magnetic presence and contagious energy,” Grant Gittlin has helped MediaLink become the next-generation, strategic advisory powerhouse it is today. He’s spearheaded work on deals with the likes of Yahoo and Sizmek and drove theAmplify’s acquisition by You & Mr. Jones. Mr. Gittlin, who joined the company in 2011 as CEO Michael Kassan’s “chief of stuff,” also played a role in MediaLink’s recent acquisition by Cannes Lions parent company Ascential. And, perhaps not surprisingly, Mr. Gittlin has solidified MediaLink’s ubiquitous and often mysterious presence, making it the heart of events such as Cannes and CES.

What is one thing no one knows about you?

I love disco!

If you had one thing to do over in your life what would it be?

Isn’t this an “Under 40″ list? No regrets. Ask me again in another 40 years.

What was your first job?

I counted stacks of paper in 50-sheet bundles for JKG Printing in Boca Raton, Fla.

 

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