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
Skills and experience:
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 move into technology through the acquisition of 24/7 Real Media, the creation of data-driven creative network POSSIBLE and the launch of Stream, WPP’s celebrated “unconference”.
In 2015, he was appointed Global CEO of Wunderman, where he turned the network into one of the world’s leading creative, data and technology agencies.
In April 2018 he was named joint Chief Operating Officer of WPP, with responsibility for clients, operating companies and people.
Since his appointment as CEO he has led WPP’s new growth strategy as a creative transformation company with a simpler structure, contemporary new offer and the core purpose of building better futures for its people, clients and communities. A strong advocate of positive corporate cultures, he has championed the values of openness, optimism and a commitment to extraordinary work across WPP.
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 WPP working on corporate development.
Mark was recognised as a HERoes Champion of Women in Business in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The award is given to those who have championed women throughout their careers and are supporting women through the talent pipeline. He is also a member of the Male Champions of Change Global Tech Group, which is committed to accelerating gender equality in the technology sector.
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 was voted the industry’s Most Influential Person of 2019 in Econsultancy’s Top 100 Digital Agencies report.
He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Other current appointments: None.
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.
Angela Ahrendts DBE
Appointed: 1 July 2020
Nationality: British and American
Skills and experience: From May 2014 until April 2019, Angela Ahrendts was Senior Vice President, Retail at Apple, Inc., where she was responsible for overseeing global retail. She also spearheaded Today at Apple, an initiative of free educational and creative sessions. Angela was CEO of Burberry from 2006 to 2014, leading the company through a period of outstanding global growth. While at Burberry Angela emphasised culture and values and created the Burberry Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to using the power of creativity to drive positive change and build a more sustainable future. Prior to Burberry, Angela was Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne, Inc. and President of Donna Karan International, Inc.
Angela was a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council from 2010 to 2015 and was named Honorary Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2014. She is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Oxford University Saïd Business School and a non-executive director on the boards of Ralph Lauren Corporation and Airbnb, Inc. Angela also sits on the boards of Charity: Water, which brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries, and The HOW Institute for Society.
Other current appointments: Non-Executive Director, Ralph Lauren Corporation.
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 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company focusing on neurology and immunology. From 2015 to June 2020, Sandrine was the Chief Financial Officer of Proximus, the major Belgian telecommunications company. 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.
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
Tom Ilube CBE
Appointed: 5 October 2020
Skills and experience: Tom is the founder and CEO of AIM-listed Crossword Cybersecurity Plc, a technology commercialisation company focused on the cyber security sector and has previously founded several other technology start-ups. He is a Non-Executive Director of the BBC, where he serves on the audit and risk committee and chairs the fair-trading committee. He is also responsible for protected disclosures across the BBC and chairs the diversity and inclusion advisory group.
From 2010 to 2014, Tom was Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity-backed UK credit reference agency. Whilst at Callcredit, Tom founded Noddle, a credit reporting service that eventually grew to four million users and was acquired by US-based Credit Karma in 2018. Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011.
In the early 2000s, Tom served as Chief Information Officer of Egg Banking plc, the UK’s first internet bank, and his 30-year career in the UK technology sector also includes roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs and the London Stock Exchange. He chaired the UK Government Technology Strategy Board’s Network Security Innovation panel, and was a member of the High-Level Expert Group on Cyber Security at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a Geneva-based UN agency.
Tom is the founder and Chair of the African Gifted Foundation, a programme for exceptionally gifted African children. He was made a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by City, University of London and an Honorary Doctor of Technology by the University of Wolverhampton, and received his CBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to technology and philanthropy. He is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford and an Advisory Fellow at St Anne’s College. In 2017 Tom topped the Powerlist ranking of the most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the UK.
Cindy Rose OBE
Appointed: 1 April 2019
Nationality: British and American
Skills and experience: Cindy Rose was appointed President of Microsoft Western Europe in October 2020. In this role, she is responsible for bringing to life Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more for all of Microsoft’s customers and partners in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Prior to this appointment, Cindy was CEO of Microsoft UK since 2016 where she was 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 2020, Cindy joined the advisory board of Imperial College Business School in London. 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
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: Non-Executive Director, J Sainsbury plc.