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Clark Pettit is an accomplished corporate executive, board advisor, and recovering engineer. He brings more than 25 years of global operational experience in the chemical and construction industries, and has a successful track record driving digital transformation for several of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies. At Merryck & Co, he has mentored CEOs and emerging C-suite executives in the financial services and technology sectors.
In addition to his work at Merryck & Co, Pettit serves on the advisory boards of several rapid growth, technology-based businesses.
Pettit has held senior executive roles with leading global companies including EMI Music, Ascent Media, Accenture, and The Dow Chemical Company. His experience includes international responsibility for successfully launching global digital businesses in the music, film and television industries, growing new digital subscription businesses, market share and revenues across numerous geographies, and handling major industry mergers and acquisitions. Over the course of his career, Pettit has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Paris, London, New York, and Los Angeles where he held regional or global responsibility for leading the development of new products, business models, and strategic partnerships.
Most recently, Pettit served as president and CEO of the Association of Business Information and Media Companies (ABM), representing the $27B business-to-business information and media industry. In this role, he led an extensive organizational turnaround, leveraging his M&A and industry experience to define disruptive business models, accelerate new revenue streams, and spearhead an industry-wide restructuring, concluding with a successful merger with the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).
Pettit holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Arizona State University. His other pursuits have included real estate development, practicing martial arts in the US and Asia, horseback riding, and he now lives on a ranch with his wife and daughter.
“Everyone’s facing some new thing – for their company or for their own personal journey – that requires a shift or is an opportunity to shift. A big part of it is asking the right questions at the right time.”
In his interview with Merryck’s Adam Bryant, Pettit shares his playbook on how to take advantage of the disruptive forces upending industries, rather than being overwhelmed by them and left behind. Click here to read more.
“To have the help and support of a mentor who has ‘been there and done that’ is critical and in that respect, [my mentor] was the perfect mentoring partner for me”