For many, The Walt Disney Company would be a great place to build a career. Not Dan Khabie. After working in the marketing department just out of the University of Maryland, Khabie, at 25, founded digital marketing agency Digitaria, with a mission to blend memorable creative design with innovative technology and services. As the agency grew and technologies advanced, the shop acquired practices in analytics, SEO, sports, health and wellness, as well as digital marketing and advertising, and become part of WPP.
Khabie now finds himself heading up WPP’s digital network, Mirum, which rolled up 11 digital agencies (including Digitaria) to form one cohesive offering under the JWT umbrella. As North American and Global CEO, Khabie now has responsibility for 56 offices in 17 countries around the world. (The St. Louis Park, Minn.-native has joked he wakes up talking to Europe and goes to bed after speaking with colleagues in Asia.) He was also heavily involved in the relaunch of Mazda.com, enhancing the user customer experience, and the transformation of Qualcomm’s digital identity.
Even with his global position within a 150-year-old multinational network, Khabie nurtures his entrepreneurial spirit by teaching at San Diego State University and serving on the board of the Economic Development Council. He also publishes frequently on LinkedIn and was one of the networking site’s original "LinkedIn Influencers."