Chief Executive Officer
Appointed: 3 September 2018
Mark Read was appointed CEO of WPP in 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 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 transformed the network into one of the world’s leading creative, data and technology agencies. Wunderman joined forces with J. Walter Thompson in November 2018 to become Wunderman Thompson, a global provider of end-to-end solutions and one of WPP’s largest businesses, with more than 20,000 people across 90 markets and clients including Microsoft, Dell, Shell, HSBC, 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 WPP working on corporate development.
Mark was named in the HERoes Champions of Women in Business list (2018 and 2019), which recognises 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 lives in London with his wife and two children.