Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of WPP is responsible for leading the company and implementing its strategy. Its members lead WPP’s largest operating companies and central corporate functions.

WPP Executive Committee - Mark Read

Mark Read CBE

Chief Executive Officer, WPP

Mark was appointed CEO in 2018, having held multiple leadership positions at WPP since joining in 1989. As Head of Strategy and then CEO of WPP Digital he was responsible for WPP’s first moves into technology, and in 2015 became Global CEO of Wunderman. Earlier in his career, he co-founded internet start-up WebRewards and worked at consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.

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Joanne Wilson 

Joanne Wilson

Chief Financial Officer, WPP

Joanne has extensive experience both in the UK and internationally in a variety of financial and commercial roles. She joined WPP from Britvic where she was Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this, Joanne had a successful career at Tesco where, at the time of leaving, she held the position of Chief Financial Officer of dunnhumby, a global leader in customer data science.

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WPP Executive Committee - Ajaz Ahmed

Ajaz Ahmed

Chief Executive Officer, AKQA

Ajaz is the CEO of AKQA, which recently joined forces with Grey within AKQA Group. Recognised as a creative pioneer, AKQA has won over 60 Agency of the Year awards.

 

Devika Bulchandani

Devika Bulchandani

Global Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy

Devika was appointed Global CEO of Ogilvy in 2022. She joined Ogilvy as CEO of North America in 2021. Prior to Ogilvy, Devika spent 26 years at McCann in various leadership positions.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Jon Cook

Jon Cook

Global Chief Executive Officer, VML

Jon is Global CEO of VML, which was created following the merger of VMLY&R and Wunderman Thompson in 2023. He had led VMLY&R since its formation in 2018, and was formerly Global CEO of VML, which he joined in 1996.

 

WPP Executive Committee - AnnaMaria DeSalva

AnnaMaria DeSalva

Chairman and CEO, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

AnnaMaria re-joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as CEO in 2019, having left as Worldwide Director of Healthcare in 2006. AnnaMaria was previously a Senior Advisor to DowDuPont’s CEO, following roles at Pfizer and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Corey duBrowa

Corey duBrowa

Chief Executive Officer, BCW Group

Corey was appointed CEO of BCW in 2023, having joined from Google where he was Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs. Corey previously held leadership roles at Salesforce and Starbucks as well as at agencies Waggener Edstrom and Ketchum Public Relations.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Mel Edwards

Mel Edwards

Global President, VML

Mel was appointed Global President of VML following the merger of VMLY&R and Wunderman Thompson in 2023. She was previously Global CEO of Wunderman Thompson, and held prior roles at Wunderman as Global CEO and UK CEO.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Laurent Ezekiel

Laurent Ezekiel

Chief Marketing and Growth Officer, WPP

Laurent became WPP’s first Chief Marketing & Growth Officer in 2019. He joined from Publicis where he was President of Digitas, North America, and International and Client Leader for GSK.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Jane Geraghty

Jane Geraghty

Chief Client Officer, WPP

Jane became WPP’s Chief Client Officer in 2024. She was formerly Landor’s Global CEO for six years, and President of EMEA. Jane has held senior positions at Naked Communications, ITV, Ogilvy New York, McCann-Erickson and Saatchi & Saatchi.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Richard Glasson

Richard Glasson

Global Chief Executive Officer, Hogarth

Richard was appointed CEO of Hogarth Worldwide in 2016, having joined the company in 2011. Prior to this he was CEO of Gyro, the B2B marketing specialist.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Andrea Harris

Andrea Harris

Group Chief Counsel, WPP

Andrea was appointed as Group Chief Counsel in 2005 having joined WPP in 1996. Andrea is Chair of the Risk Committee and a member of the ExCo Sustainability Committee.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Michael Houston

Michael Houston

WPP Country President, US

Michael was appointed President of WPP’s business in the US in 2022. He was previously CEO of Grey Group for five years, following roles including Global President and CEO of Grey North America.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Christian Juhl

Christian Juhl

Global Chief Executive Officer, GroupM

GroupM is the world’s largest media investment group and home to WPP’s media agencies. Formerly Global CEO of Essence, Christian was appointed CEO of GroupM in 2019.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Lindsay Pattison

Lindsay Pattison

Chief People Officer, WPP

Lindsay became Chief People Officer of WPP in 2024. Her prior roles at WPP include Chief Client Officer and Chief Transformation Officer, and she was formerly Global CEO of Maxus, which she joined as UK CEO in 2009.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Stephan Pretorius

Stephan Pretorius

Chief Technology Officer, WPP

Stephan was appointed as WPP’s first CTO in 2018. Before that he was UK Group CEO and Global CTO of Wunderman, having joined the company in 2016.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Rob Reilly

Rob Reilly

Global Chief Creative Officer, WPP

Rob joined WPP in May 2021 from McCann Worldgroup where he was Global Creative Chairman. Before moving to McCann in 2014, he was Partner and Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

 

WPP Executive Committee - Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Chief Operating Officer, WPP

Andrew joined WPP in 1999 as Director of Corporate Development. He held a number of other senior roles including Chief Operating Officer for Europe before being appointed COO in 2018.