Jens is a partner at The Many, one of America’s top independent full-service advertising agencies based in Los Angeles and CEO of Mixwell, a beverage created by the agency.

Jens Stoelken, Partner at The Many

Q: What would you like to see your team accomplish in 2019? 

Build a truly integrated agency and an amazing place to work.

Q: Who is your role model or hero? 

Anyone running an airport or hotel, where flawless integration of services and talent is key.

Q: What is your favorite book?

“Ende einer Dienstfahrt” by Heinrich Boll.

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“Ende einer Dienstfahrt” by Heinrich Boll.

Q: Do you use any specific method or system to run daily operations? 

We are just switching to an OKR (Objectives and Key results) driven management model.

Q: Why did you choose your present industry at this time?

I love the mix of many differently skilled and talented people going for one goal: Using creativity to deliver the best performing product.

Jens Stoelken, Partner at The Many

Q: What is the best/worst moment you can remember in your career?

Usually, it’s when the economy is challenging, and you have to layoff people that you hate to see go. We are such a people’s business that once you need to cut into your “human resource soul,” it’s very tough to do and recover from.

Q: Looking back – if you could advise a younger version of yourself to do something different – what would it be?

I would have studied law. Especially in the US, there’s a legal component to almost everything. Being more knowledgable, I believe, would be helpful.

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