WPP leadership


WPP leadership

WPP's Board of directors is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the Company by directing and supervising the Group's strategy and is responsible to shareowners for the Group's financial and operational performance.



Philip Lader
Non-Executive chairman | Letter of appointment - Philip Lader
Philip Lader was appointed chairman in 2001. The US Ambassador to the Court of St James’s from 1997 to 2001, he previously served in several senior executive roles in the US Government, including as a Member of the President’s Cabinet and as White House Deputy Chief of Staff. Before entering government service, he was executive vice president of the company managing the late Sir James Goldsmith’s US holdings and president of both a prominent American real estate company and universities in the US and Australia. A lawyer, he is also a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley, a director of Marathon Oil, AES and Rusal Corporations, a trustee of the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Atlantic Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sir Martin Sorrell
Sir Martin Sorrell joined WPP in 1986 as a director, becoming Group chief executive in the same year. He is a non-executive director of Formula One and Alcoa Inc.

Paul Richardson
Finance director
Paul Richardson became Group finance director of WPP in 1996 after four years with the Company as director of treasury. He is responsible for the Group’s worldwide functions in finance, information technology, procurement, property, treasury, taxation, internal audit and sustainability.

He is a chartered accountant and fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is a non-executive director of CEVA Group plc, Chime Communications PLC and STW Communications Group Limited in Australia, the last two being companies associated with the Group.

Mark Read
Strategy director and CEO, WPP Digital
Mark Read was appointed a director in March 2005. He has been WPP’s director of strategy since 2002 and is also chief executive of WPP Digital. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of HighCo and a director of CHI&Partners. He worked at WPP between 1989 and 1995 in both parent company and operating company roles. Prior to rejoining WPP in 2002, he was a principal at the consultancy firm of Booz-Allen & Hamilton and founded and developed the company WebRewards in the UK. He is a trustee of the Natural History Museum Development Trust.

Roger Agnelli
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment- Roger Agnelli
Roger Agnelli is the founding partner and CEO of AGN Holding, a Brazilian company focused on mining, logistics and bioenergy in Brazil, Latin America and Africa. He is also the chairman of B&A, a joint venture between BTG Pactual and AGN, focused on the exploration and development of fertilizer, iron ore and copper assets.

Roger Agnelli was CEO and president of VALE from July 2001 to May 2011. Prior to his executive role at VALE, he was the chairman of the company’s board of directors from May 2000 until July 2001.

He developed his professional career at the Bradesco Group, one of the largest financial institutions in Brazil, from 1981 to 2001. He worked as executive director of Bradesco Bank from 1998 until 2000, when he was appointed CEO and president of Bradespar S.A.

Due to his experience in the fields of investment, mergers and acquisitions and asset management, he was vice president of ANBID (Brazil’s National Association of Investment Banks) and member of the International Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). He has served on the board of directors of various companies with major operations in Brazil and elsewhere, such as, in the field of power generation and distribution, CPFL, Rio Grande Energia, Serra da Mesa Energia and VCB Energia in Brazil and Duke Energy in the US; in oil and gas, Petrobras and Suzano Petroquímica in Brazil and Spectra Energy in the US; in steel, CSN and LATASA; in automotive and auto parts, Mahle Metal Leve; in home appliances, Brasmotor and in cable TV, UGB Participações. Between 2003 and 2007, he was a member of the Economic and Social Development Council (CDES), an entity that provides advice to the President of Brazil. In September 2010, he joined the International Business Leaders Advisory Council (IBLAC) to the Mayor of Shanghai. He has served on the International Advisory Council of South Africa to the President Thabo Mbeki.

He is a member of the board of directors of ABB Ltd since 2002 and of the International Advisory Council to the President of Mozambique, Dr. Armando Guebuza. In addition, he is a member of Anadarko’s Global Advisory Board and Mckinsey International Advisory Council. He is on the International Advisory Council of Brookings Institute. In Brazil, he is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of FIESP (Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo) and honorary director of ACRJ (Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro).

Roger Agnelli has a degree in Economics from the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Jacques Aigrain
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Jacques Aigrain
Jacques Aigrain is currently chairman of LCH.Clearnet Group Limited. He was CEO of Swiss Re from 2006 to 2009, and prior to this, he spent 20 years with JP Morgan Chase in New York, London and Paris.

In addition, Jacques is a non-executive director of London Stock Exchange Group Plc and a Supervisory Board Member of Lyondell Bassell NV, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and its subsidiary, Swiss International Airlines AG. He is also an advisory director of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority.

Jacques is a dual French and Swiss citizen. He holds a PhD in Economics from Sorbonne University, and a MA degree in Economics from Paris Dauphine University.

Charlene Begley
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Charlene Begley
Ms Charlene T Begley has worked at the General Electric Company for the past 25 years.
Her most recent role was the Chief Executive Officer and President of GE Home & Business Solutions at General Electric Company. In this role, Ms Begley had responsibility for the GE Appliances, Lighting and Intelligent Platforms, as well as serving as the company’s Chief Information Officer and leading the Sourcing Council and Corporate Leadership Staff. As CIO, Ms Begley managed a budget of $3.7bn and led 10,000 IT professionals with a strong focus on business process excellence, simplification, collaboration and security and compliance.

Ms Begley is a Senior Vice President of General Electric Company.

Over her career at GE, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Enterprise Solutions, GE Plastics, and GE Transportation. In addition, she led GE’s Corporate Audit Staff and served as the Chief Financial Officer for GE Transportation and GE Plastics Europe and India.

Ms Begley was a director of Morpho Detection, Inc. and GE Fanuc JV. She also serves on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Advisory Council at the University of Vermont. She was recognized as a Young Global leader on the World Economic Forum and Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Business.”

Ms Begley graduated magna cum laude from the University of Vermont in 1988 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration.

Colin Day
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Colin Day
Colin Day was appointed a director in July 2005. He is the chief executive of Essentra plc and a non-executive director of Amec. He was the group finance director of Reckitt Benckiser plc, until April 2011, having been appointed to its board in September 2000. Prior to joining Reckitt Benckiser he was group finance director of Aegis Group plc and previously held a number of senior finance positions with ABB Group plc and De La Rue Group plc. He was a non-executive director of Vero Group plc until 1998, Bell Group plc until 2004, Imperial Tobacco plc until February 2007, easyJet plc until 30 September 2005 and Cadbury plc until 2010.

Esther Dyson
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Esther Dyson
Esther Dyson was appointed a director of WPP in 1999. In 2004, she sold her business, EDventure Holdings, to CNET Networks, the US-based interactive media company now owned by CBS. She left CNET at the end of 2006 and now operates as an independent investor and writer, again under the name EDventure. She has been highly influential for the past 30 years on the basis of her insights into online/information technology markets and their commercial/social impact worldwide, including the emerging markets of Central & Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. An active investor as well as an analyst/observer, she participated in the sale of Flickr to Yahoo!, of Medstory and Powerset to Microsoft, and of Vizu to Nielsen, among others. She sits on the boards of Russia’s leading search company Yandex (YNDX), and also of non-listed start-ups including 23andMe, Eventful.com, Meetup, NewspaperDirect (Canada), Voxiva (US) and XCOR Aerospace (US). Her current investments include Evernote, Gridpoint, LinkedIn, Nomanini, Omada Health, Space Adventures and Square. She is also active in public affairs and was founding chairman of ICANN, the domain name policy agency, from 1998 to 2000. She currently sits on the board of the Sunlight Foundation, which advocates transparency in government, and writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate (http://www.project-syndicate.org/contributor/esther-dyson) which is distributed worldwide.

Orit Gadiesh
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Orit Gadiesh
Orit Gadiesh was appointed a director in April 2004. She is chairman of Bain & Company Inc., and a world-renowned expert on management and corporate strategy. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, was a Baker Scholar and was also presented the Brown Award.

Ms. Gadiesh is a member of the Foundation Board for the World Economic Forum as well a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. She is on the Board of Directors of The Peres Institute for Peace, sits on the International Advisory Board of The Atlantic Council of the United States, and the Advisory Board for the British-American Business Council. She is the Chairman of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC) and sits on the International Advisory Board at HEC School of Management in France.


Dr John Hood
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - John Hood
An international education and business leader, Dr John Hood was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and of the University of Auckland. In his native New Zealand, he served as Chairman of Tonkin & Taylor Ltd and as non-executive director of Fonterra Co-operative Group, ASB Bank Ltd, and other companies. He currently serves as Chairman of URENCO Ltd and of Study Group Ltd, as a non-executive director of BG Group plc, as President of the Robertson Foundation and as Chairman of Rhodes Trust.

Dr Hood earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and then won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he was awarded an M.Phil. in Management Studies.


Ruigang Li
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Ruigang Li
Ruigang Li was appointed a director of WPP in October 2010. He is Founding Chairman of China Media Capital (CMC), China’s first sovereign private equity fund dedicated to Media and Entertainment sector investment. Through Li’s chairmanship, CMC’s most important investments include controlling stake acquisition of News Corporation’s China assets, a joint venture with DreamWorks Animation, a joint venture with world-leading Chinese language TV content provider and broadcaster TVB, China’s largest TV shopping company OCJ, all of groundbreaking industrial significance in China and beyond. Li was CEO of SMG (Shanghai Media Group) for 10 years while he grew SMG into China’s leading media conglomerate with the most diversified media assets of national reach.

Daniela Riccardi
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Daniela Riccardi
Daniela Riccardi was appointed a director on 12 September 2013. A prominent fmcg, retail-and-fashion products executive, she is Chief Executive Officer of Baccarat, the international luxury goods company, and formerly was Chief Executive Officer of Diesel Group, the innovative fashion business. For 25 years previously, she was an executive at Procter & Gamble, including service as President of Procter & Gamble Greater China, with 7,000 employees, and Vice President-General Manager for Eastern Europe & Russia. Ms. Riccardi is a Magna Cum Laude graduate in Political Science and International Studies at Sapienza University of Rome and completed a Fellowship in Marketing at Yale University.

Jeffrey Rosen
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Jeffrey Rosen
Jeffrey Rosen was appointed a director in December 2004. He is a deputy chairman and managing director of Lazard, with over 30 years’ experience in investment banking. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is President of the Board of Trustees of the International Center of Photography in New York.

Nicole Seligman
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Nicole Seligman
A senior Sony executive since 2001, Nicole Seligman is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Corporation and President of Sony Corporation of America. Previously, as a partner in the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly, she counselled a wide range of clients, including major media companies, on complex litigation and commercial matters. She formerly was a law clerk for US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and was associate editorial page editor for the Asian Wall Street Journal.

Ms Seligman was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Hugo Shong
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Hugo Shong
Hugo Shong is the executive vice president of International Data Group (IDG), a private technology media, research and events company, and president of IDG Asia/China.

He joined IDG in 1991 as an associate to IDG’s founder and chairman, Patrick J. McGovern, for Asian business development after working for three years as a reporter and editor at Electronic Business and Electronic Business Asia magazine, where he launched over 40 magazines and newspapers in Asian countries, such as PC World Vietnam, the Chinese editions of NetworkWorld, Electronic Products, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, National Geographic, FHM and Men’s Health.

In 1993, Hugo helped IDG to set up the first technology venture fund in China, IDG Capital Partners, which now has $3.8 billion under management and an investment portfolio including Baidu, Tencent (QQ), Sohu, Ctrip and Soufun.

Hugo currently serves on the boards of China Jiuhao Health Industry Corp, which focuses on health maintenance and retirement community projects in China, and Mei Ah Entertainment Group, an entertainment company with interests in television, film and theatre listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Hugo has been a member of the board of trustees of Boston University since 2005.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Hunan University, he attended the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and earned a Master of Science from Boston University in 1987. He conducted graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Timothy Shriver
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Timothy Shriver
Tim Shriver was appointed a director of WPP in August 2007. He is a social leader, educator, activist, film producer and business entrepreneur. As Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, he serves nearly four million Special Olympic athletes in 180 countries all working to promote health, education, and unity through the joy of sports. Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, he was (and remains) a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organisation in the field of social and emotional learning. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He chairs the board of Lovin’ Scoopful a cause-related consumer products brand specializing in ice cream that ‘loves you as much as you love it’.

Sally Susman

Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Sally Susman
Sally Susman is currently executive vice president, Policy External Affairs & Communications for Pfizer, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical company. Sally also heads the firm’s corporate responsibility group and plays a key role in shaping policy initiatives.

Before joining Pfizer in 2007, Sally was EVP of Global Communications at Estée Lauder, where she directed global corporate affairs strategy and served as a member of the Executive Committee. She also held several senior corporate affairs posts at American Express, working in both London and the US. Sally started her career in government service focused on international trade issues and her positions included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs in the US Department of Commerce.

She serves on the board of the International Rescue Committee, the US Department of State’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership and the US India Business Council. She was also appointed as the New York City Commissioner on Women’s Issues by Mayor Michael R Bloomberg. Sally holds a BA in Government from Connecticut College in the US and has studied at London School of Economics.


Sol Trujillo

Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Sol Trujillo
Sol Trujillo was appointed a director of WPP in October 2010. He is an international business executive with three decades’ experience as CEO of large market cap global companies in the US, the EU and Asia Pacific, including US West (now CenturyLink), Orange (now France Telecom) and Telstra, the Australian communications company. A digital pioneer operating in the telecommunications, technology, and media space, he has been a long-time champion of high-speed broadband and a pioneer and innovator of smartphone and the mobile internet to stimulate productivity and innovation across all sectors of the economy. He has managed operations in more than 25 countries – including developed and emerging markets from the EU and North America to China, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He currently sits on corporate boards in the US, EU and China – including Target, Western Union and ProAmerica Bank in the US and in Asia, Silk Road Technologies in China, where he is Board chairman. In the public sector, Mr Trujillo served as trade policy advisor to the Clinton and Bush administrations and remains active on public policy issues related to immigration, trade, productivity and fiscal affairs. WPP

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