Former Levick president Mark Irion joins Prosper Group advisory board

Irion will be advising Prosper Group clients that are selling, transitioning, or growing their agencies.

Mark Irion
Mark Irion

WASHINGTON: Former Levick president Mark Irion has joined Prosper Group’s advisory board as a senior advisor.

Irion left his role as president at Levick after three years in January. He is still looking for his next permanent position, and has accepted the Prosper Group role in the meantime. Prosper Group is an advisory firm to owners of marketing communications agencies.

"What I’m doing is helping Prosper Group with their unique approach to help owners sell, transition, or grow their companies by being available to partner with [Prosper Group's] clients and giving the owners the help that they need," Irion told PRWeek.

Irion explained that Prosper Group founder Alex Halbur offered him the role due to his extensive experience handling business transitions in his previous positions at Dutko and Levick.

Irion began his career at Dutko Worldwide and stayed there for more than 20 years, leading the firm through its various name changes and buyouts as CEO. Dutko Worldwide was later acquired by Huntsworth and relaunched as Dutko Grayling. He ended his tenure with the firm as regional CEO and global chairman of public affairs at Grayling.

"I consider this to be something I'm doing because I'm interested in it on the side," Irion said. "I hope to continue it once I’ve figured out what’s next. One of the things I’ve enjoyed most in my career, other than client work, is working on the business of the business."

Prosper Group was founded in 2014 by Halbur, David Bosses, and Larry Kamer. The firm offers expertise to other agency owners on performance improvement, organizational development, strategic coaching, and transition planning. Prosper Group has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Prosper Group assisted SKDKnickerbocker during its acquisition by Stagwell Group last fall.

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