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 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.
Group Finance Director
Nationality: British and American
Skills and experience: 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.
Other current appointments: None
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, Self Trade Bank S.A.U.
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. He currently serves as strategic advisor and consultant.
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, Chairman of BMT Group and Chair of the Rhodes Trust. Sir John also serves on the boards of Blackstone Group LP, Aurora Energy Research and Study Group Limited. 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. Chairman, BMT Group. Non-Executive Director, Study Group Limited. Non-Executive Director, Aurora Energy Research. Non-Executive Director, Blackstone Group LP.
Appointed: 12 October 2010
Skills and experience: Ruigang Li is the Founding Chairman and CEO of CMC Capital Group and CMC Inc. CMC Capital Group is a leading equity investment group which has invested in many industry champions and emerging leaders in entertainment, technology and consumer sectors in China and overseas markets. CMC Inc. is a media and entertainment conglomerate known for its prominent strengths in multi-genre premium content, including film, drama, variety shows, financial media, music, fashion & lifestyle, sports, game, live entertainment, theatre, and a comprehensive scope of content related businesses such as artist and sports agency, cinemas, urban recreational complexes, and theme parks. Mr Li was the Chairman and President of Shanghai Media Group (SMG) for over 10 years and successfully transformed SMG into China’s leading media conglomerate. Mr Li was previously Chief of Staff of Shanghai Municipal Government.
Other current appointments: Chairman, CEO of CMC Capital Group. Chairman, CEO of CMC Inc. Board Member of City Football Group. Board Director of CAA (Creative Artists Agency). Vice Chairman of TVB (Hong Kong). Chairman of Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong). Board Member of Special Olympics. Founding Dean of School of Creative Arts, ShanghaiTech University.
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.
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: Non-Executive Director, Informa plc.
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 Viacom Inc. and Far Point Acquisition Corporation and is Chairman of The Doe Fund, a New York-based non-profit organization whose flagship program transitions the formerly homeless and incarcerated to independent lives.
Other current appointments: Non-Executive Director, Viacom Inc. Non-Executive Director, Far Point Acquisition Corporation. Non-Executive Director, MeiraGTx Holdings plc. Chairman, The Doe Fund.
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