The WPP Board
The Board is collectively responsible for promoting the success of WPP by directing and supervising policy and strategy and is responsible to shareholders for the Group’s financial and operational performance and risk management.
Appointed: 1 January 2015 (Chairman 9 June 2015)
Nationality: Italian and American
Skills and experience: Roberto Quarta is Chairman of Smith & Nephew plc, Partner of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, and Chairman of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Europe, a private equity firm. Previously, he was Chief Executive and then Chairman of BBA Group plc, Chairman of Rexel SA, Chairman of IMI plc and a Non-Executive Director at BAE Systems plc, Equant NV, Foster Wheeler AG and PowerGen plc. Mr Quarta’s career in private equity brings valuable experience to WPP, particularly when evaluating acquisitions and new business opportunities. He has an in-depth understanding of differing global governance requirements having served as a director and Chairman of a number of UK and international companies.
Other current appointments: Chairman, Smith & Nephew plc
Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 3 September 2018
Mark has held multiple leadership positions across the company, including nine years as an Executive Director of WPP plc. For 12 years, as Head of Strategy and then CEO of WPP Digital, he was responsible for the company’s digital development, including the move into technology through the acquisition of 24/7 Real Media, the creation of digital network POSSIBLE and the launch of Stream, WPP’s celebrated “unconference”.
In 2015, he was appointed Global CEO of Wunderman, where he transformed the network into one of the world’s leading customer-focused digital agencies. Wunderman is among WPP’s largest businesses, with more than 10,000 people in 200 offices across 70 countries and clients including Microsoft, Dell, Shell, BT and Adidas.
In April 2018 he was named joint Chief Operating Officer of WPP, with responsibility for clients, operating companies and people.
Earlier in his career, Mark co-founded and developed internet start-up WebRewards. He also specialised in the media and marketing industries as a principal at consultancy Booz Allen & Hamilton, having started his career at the WPP parent company working on corporate development.
Mark has an MBA from INSEAD and an Economics degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and was a Henry Fellow at Harvard University. He is the Chairman of the Natural History Museum Digital Council. Wired magazine ranked him as one of the Top 25 Digital Influencers in Europe in 2014 and he was named The Drum’s Digital Individual of the Year in 2015 and 2017.
He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Chief Financial Officer
Appointed: 3 February 2020
Skills and experience: John became Chief Financial Officer of WPP in February 2020, joining from J Sainsbury plc where he was Chief Executive Officer of Argos, leading its integration into the Sainsbury’s business and its digital transformation into one of the UK’s leading online retailers. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of J Sainsbury plc, responsible for its business strategy, new business development, Sainsbury’s Online and Sainsbury’s Bank, in addition to its core finance functions. John is a member of The Prince’s Advisory Council for Accounting for Sustainability. He also recently sat on the Retail Sector Council, which acts as a point of liaison between the UK Government and retail sector.
Other current appointments: Non-Executive Director, Travis Perkins plc.
Appointed: 13 May 2013
Nationality: Swiss and French
Skills and experience: Jacques Aigrain is currently a Senior Advisor at Warburg Pincus LLP. He was on the Executive Committee of Swiss Re AG from 2001 to 2009 including CEO from 2006, and prior to that, he spent 20 years with JPMorgan Chase in New York, London and Paris. Mr Aigrain is Chairman of LyondellBasell NV and a Non-Executive Director of London Stock Exchange Group plc. He was Chairman of LCH Clearnet Group Ltd from 2010 to March 2015, and served as a Director of the Qatar Financial Center Authorities and as Supervisory Board Member of Lufthansa AG and Swiss International Airlines AG. He holds a PhD in Economics from Sorbonne University and an MA in Economics from Paris Dauphine University.
Other current appointments: Chairman, LyondellBasell NV. Non-Executive Director, London Stock Exchange Group plc. Chairman, Singular SAU.
Appointed: 3 February 2020
Skills and experience: Sandrine Dufour is the Chief Financial Officer of Proximus, the major Belgian telecommunications company, which she joined in 2015. Prior to Proximus, Sandrine held a number of leadership roles at Vivendi, in France and in the US, across its entertainment and telecommunications business, covering areas including finance and strategy, M&A, innovation and transformation. Her most recent positions at Vivendi were Deputy Chief Financial Officer and EVP Innovation for the group, and then EVP Finance and Strategy at SFR, which was at the time the French telecoms subsidiary of Vivendi. Sandrine began her career as a financial analyst at BNP and then Credit Agricole in the telecoms sector. Sandrine has held non-executive director roles, most recently at Solocal Group, and she sits on the boards of several Proximus subsidiaries.
Other current appointments: None.
Appointed: 11 October 2016
Nationality: Brazilian and Egyptian
Skills and experience: Tarek Farahat has more than 30 years of experience in the branded goods business. He worked for P&G for more than 26 years in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. His last position at P&G was President of P&G Latin America. Among Mr Farahat’s achievements is the expansion of the Pampers business in emerging markets and business turnaround for P&G in Brazil. Mr Farahat was previously Chairman of the board of JBS and a board member of Pilgrims. Tarek is currently a strategic advisor, consultant and partner for several companies in the consumer goods and healthcare sectors.
Other current appointments: None
Sir John Hood
Appointed: 1 January 2014
Nationality: New Zealand
Skills and experience: An international education and business leader, Sir John was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and of the University of Auckland. In New Zealand, he served as Chairman of Tonkin & Taylor Ltd and as Non-Executive Director of Fonterra Co-operative Group and ASB Bank Ltd. Sir John currently serves as President & CEO of the Robertson Foundation and Chair of the Rhodes Trust. Sir John also serves on the boards of The Blackstone Group Inc and Aurora Energy Research. Sir John earned his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and then won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he was awarded an MPhil in Management Studies. Sir John has been appointed a Knight Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Other current appointments: President and CEO, Robertson Foundation. Non-Executive Director, Aurora Energy Research. Non-Executive Director, The Blackstone Group Inc.
Appointed: 12 September 2013
Skills and experience: FMCG, retail-and-fashion products executive, Daniela Riccardi is Chief Executive Officer of Baccarat, the international luxury goods company, and was Chief Executive Officer of Diesel Group. She was an executive at Procter & Gamble for 25 years, including service as President of Procter & Gamble Greater China, with 7,000 employees, and Vice President-General Manager for Procter & Gamble Eastern Europe & Russia. Ms Riccardi also sits on the Boards of Kering and of Comite Colbert. Ms Riccardi has been a guest lecturer at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in Paris. 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.
Other current appointments: CEO, Baccarat. Non-Executive Director, Kering. Non-Executive Director, Comite Colbert.
Cindy Rose OBE
Appointed: 1 April 2019
Nationality: British and American
Skills and experience: Cindy Rose was appointed Microsoft UK CEO in 2016. In this role, she is responsible for all of Microsoft's product, service and support offerings across the United Kingdom, continuing the company's transformation into the leading productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first era. Prior to joining Microsoft, Cindy was Managing Director of the UK Consumer division at Vodafone where she led the expansion of its retail store estate from 350 to over 500 stores, and returned the business to growth after 12 consecutive quarters of revenue decline. Before Vodafone, Cindy was Executive Director of Digital Entertainment at Virgin Media where she managed the development and commercial deployment of Tivo and Virgin Media TV Anywhere. Before that, Cindy spent 15 years at The Walt Disney Company where she held a variety of roles, including SVP & Managing Director of Disney Interactive Media Group. In 2013, Cindy joined the Board of Informa plc, a FTSE 100 publishing and events company, as an independent Non-Executive Director. Cindy is a graduate of Columbia University and New York Law School.
Other current appointments: None
Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director
Appointed: 1 January 2014
Skills and experience: Most recently, Nicole Seligman served as President of Sony Entertainment, Inc. and Sony Corporation of America and Sony Group Senior Legal Counsel. Previously, until 2014, she was Executive Vice President and global General Counsel for Sony Corporation. Prior to that, as a partner in the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly, Ms Seligman represented a wide range of clients, including President Clinton, other key public figures and major media and other companies, in complex litigation. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Ms Seligman currently serves on the Boards of ViacomCBS Inc., Far Point Acquisition Corporation and MeiraGTx Holdings plc.
Other current appointments: Non-Executive Director, ViacomCBS Inc. Non-Executive Director, Far Point Acquisition Corporation. Non-Executive Director, MeiraGTx Holdings plc.
Appointed: 13 May 2013
Skills and experience: Sally Susman is currently executive vice president, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Pfizer, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical company. Ms Susman also heads the firm’s corporate responsibility group and plays a key role in shaping policy initiatives. Before joining Pfizer in 2007, Ms Susman was EVP of Global Communications at Estée Lauder, where she directed global corporate affairs strategy and served as a member of the Executive Committee. Ms Susman held several senior corporate affairs posts at American Express, working in both London and the US. She 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. Ms Susman holds a BA in Government from Connecticut College in the US and has studied at the London School of Economics.
Other current appointments: Co-Chair, International Rescue Committee
Solomon D. (Sol) Trujillo
Appointed: 12 October 2010
Skills and experience: Sol Trujillo is an international business executive with three decades of experience as CEO of high-cap global companies in the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific. A digital pioneer and long-time practitioner of market-based management, Mr Trujillo was an early champion of high-speed broadband and the mobile internet to stimulate productivity and innovation across all sectors of the economy. Mr Trujillo currently sits on corporate boards in the US, EU and China and has managed operations in more than 25 countries including developed and emerging markets from North America to China, Australasia, Africa and the Middle East. He is Chairman of Trujillo Group LLC which he uses to manage investments and to examine emerging trends in the broader digital space, from changing mobility platforms to artificial intelligence (AI). Mr Trujillo is the Chair and Co-founder of the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC), comprised of the most senior US Latino business leaders.
Other current appointments: Director, Western Union. Chairman, Silk Road Telecommunications.
Appointed: 1 November 2019
Skills and experience: Keith was named the World's Most Influential Chief Marketing Officer by Forbes in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and Global Marketer of the Year by the World Federation of Advertisers in 2017. He received The Drum's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, and was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame in 2019. For the nine years before joining WPP, Keith was Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Unilever, a role that included leading the company's ground breaking sustainability programme. Keith retired from Unilever in May 2019.
Keith is President of the UK Advertising Association, a board member of Business in the Community, a member of McLaren F1's advisory board, President of the History of Advertising Trust, and a board member of Grange Park Opera.
Other current appointments: Board member, Business in the Community. Board member, Grange Park Opera.