Non-executive chairman

Philip Lader was appointed chairman of WPP in 2001. The US Ambassador to the Court of St James’s from 1997 to 2001, he previously served as a member of the US President’s Cabinet, White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Director of the Office of Management & Budget. Before entering government service, he was executive vice president of the late Sir James Goldsmith’s US holdings and president of both a prominent American real estate company and universities in the US and Australia. A lawyer, he is also a senior advisor to Morgan Stanley, a director of Marathon Oil, Rusal and AES Corporations, a trustee of RAND Corporation, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Atlantic Council, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Executive directors

Sir Martin Sorrell joined WPP in 1986 as a director, becoming Group chief executive in the same year. He is a non-executive director of Formula One and Alcoa Inc.

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. He is a nonexecutive director of STW Communications Group Limited in Australia, which is a company associated with the Group.

Chairman of the Sustainability Committee

Mark Read was appointed a director in March 2005. He is chief executive of WPP Digital and was WPP’s director of strategy from 2002 to 2011. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of HighCo and a director of CHI&Partners. He worked at WPP between 1989 and 1995 in both parent company and operating company roles. Prior to rejoining WPP in 2002, he was a principal at the consultancy firm of Booz-Allen & Hamilton and founded and developed the company WebRewards in the UK. He is a trustee of the Natural History Museum Development Trust.

Non-executive directors

Roger Agnelli was appointed a non-executive director of WPP on 13 May 2013. He is the founding partner and CEO of AGN Holding, a Brazilian company focused on mining, logistics and bioenergy in Brazil, Latin America and Africa. He is also the chairman of B&A, a joint venture between BTG Pactual and AGN, focused on the exploration and development of fertilizer, iron ore and copper assets.

He was CEO and president of VALE from July 2001 to May 2011. He was vice president of ANBID (Brazil’s National Association of Investment Banks) and member of the International Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). He has served on the board of directors of CPFL, Rio Grande Energia, Serra da Mesa Energia and VCB Energia in Brazil and Duke Energy in the US; in oil and gas, Petrobras and Suzano Petroquímica in Brazil and Spectra Energy in the US; in steel, CSN and LATASA; in automotive and auto parts, Mahle Metal Leve; in home appliances, Brasmotor and in cable TV, UGB Participações. In September 2010, he joined the International Business Leaders Advisory Council (IBLAC) to the Mayor of Shanghai. He has served on the International Advisory Council of South Africa to the President Thabo Mbeki. He has been a member of the board of directors of ABB Ltd since 2002 and of the International Advisory Council to the President of Mozambique, Dr Armando Guebuza. In addition, he is a member of Anadarko’s Global Advisory Board and McKinsey International Advisory Council. He is a member of the International Expert Advisory Board of the Sultanate of Oman. In Brazil, he is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council of FIESP (Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo) and honorary director of ACRJ (Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro).

Member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee

Dr Jacques Aigrain was appointed a non-executive director of WPP on 13 May 2013. He is currently chairman of LCH.Clearnet Group Limited. He was CEO of Swiss Re from 2006 to 2009, and prior to that, he spent 20 years with JP Morgan Chase in New York, London and Paris. In addition, he is a non-executive director of London Stock Exchange Group Plc and a Supervisory Board Member of Lyondell Bassell NV, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and its subsidiary, Swiss International Airlines AG. He is also an advisory director of the Qatar Financial Centre Authority and a Senior Advisor to Warburg Pincus. He is a dual French and Swiss citizen. He holds a PhD in Economics from Sorbonne University, and a MA degree in Economics from Paris Dauphine University.

Member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee

Charlene T Begley was appointed a non-executive director of WPP on 1 December 2013. Most recently, Ms Begley served as a Senior Vice President of General Electric Company and the Chief Executive Officer and President of GE Home & Business Solutions at General Electric Company. In this role, she had responsibility for $9 billion of revenue with the GE Appliances, Lighting and Intelligent Platforms businesses, as well as served as the company’s Chief Information Officer and led the Sourcing Council and Corporate Leadership Staff. As CIO, she managed a budget of $3.7 billion and led 10,000 IT professionals with a strong focus on business process excellence, simplification, collaboration and security and compliance. Over her career at GE, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Enterprise Solutions, GE Plastics, and GE Transportation. In addition, she led GE’s Corporate Audit Staff and served as the Chief Financial Officer for GE Transportation and GE Plastics Europe and India. Ms Begley currently serves as a non-executive director of NASDAQ OMX. Ms Begley was a director of Morpho Detection, Inc. and GE Fanuc JV. She also served on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Advisory Council at the University of Vermont. She was recognized as a Young Global leader on the World Economic Forum and Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Business.” Ms Begley graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Vermont in 1988 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration.

Member of the Audit Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee

Colin Day was appointed a non-executive director of WPP in July 2005. He is the Chief Executive of Essentra plc and a non-executive director of Amec and FM Global. He was the group finance director of Reckitt Benckiser plc until April 2011, having been appointed to its board in September 2000. Previously he has been group finance director of Aegis Group plc and held a number of senior finance positions with the ABB Group plc and De La Rue Group plc. He was a non-executive director of Vero Group plc until 1998, Bell Group plc until 2004, Imperial Tobacco plc until February 2007, easyJet plc until September 2005 and Cadbury plc until 2010.

Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee

Esther Dyson was appointed a director of WPP in 1999. She is the founder of HICCup (Health Initiative Coordinating Council,, a non-profit dedicated to the production of health as opposed to care for the unhealthy. In 2004, she sold her business, EDventure Holdings, to CNET Networks, the US-based interactive media company now owned by CBS. She left CNET at the end of 2006 and now operates as an independent investor and writer, again under the name EDventure. She has been highly influential for the past 30 years on the basis of her insights into online/information technology markets and their commercial/social impact worldwide, including the emerging markets of Central & Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. An active investor as well as an analyst/observer, she participated in the sale of Flickr to Yahoo!, of Medstory and Powerset to Microsoft, and of Vizu to Nielsen, among others. She sits on the boards of Russia’s leading search company Yandex (YNDX) and outsourcing company Luxoft (LXFT), and also of non-listed start-ups including 23andMe,, Meetup, NewspaperDirect (Canada), PA Consulting (UK), Voxiva (US) and XCOR Aerospace (US). Her current investments include Evernote, Gridpoint, LinkedIn, Nomanini, Omada Health, Space Adventures and Square. She is also active in public affairs and was founding chairman of ICANN, the domain name policy agency, from 1998 to 2000. She currently sits on the board of the Sunlight Foundation, which advocates transparency in government, and writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate ( which is distributed worldwide.

Member of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Orit Gadiesh was appointed a director in April 2004. She is chairman of Bain & Company Inc., and a world-renowned expert on management and corporate strategy. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, was a Baker Scholar and was also presented the Brown Award. Ms Gadiesh is a member of the Foundation Board for the World Economic Forum as well as a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. She is on the Board of Directors of The Peres Institute for Peace, sits on the International Advisory Board of The Atlantic Council of the United States, and the Advisory Board for the British-American Business Council. She is the Chairman of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC) and sits on the International Advisory Board at HEC School of Management in France.

Member of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Dr John Hood was appointed a director on 1 January 2014. An international education and business leader, he was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and of the University of Auckland. In his native New Zealand, he served as Chairman of Tonkin & Taylor Ltd and as non-executive director of Fonterra Co-operative Group, ASB Bank Ltd, and other companies. He currently serves as Chairman of URENCO Ltd and of Study Group Ltd, as a non-executive director of BG Group plc, as President of the Robertson Foundation and as Chairman of Rhodes Trust. Dr Hood 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.

Member of the Compensation Committee

Ruigang Li was appointed a director of WPP in October 2010. He is Founding Chairman of CMC Capital Partners (CMC), China’s first and most prestigious Media and Entertainment dedicated private equity fund. Through Li’s chairmanship, CMC acquired the controlling stake of former News Corporation’s China assets – Star China, together with the management team. CMC has also invested in Oriental DreamWorks – a joint venture with DreamWorks Animation; TVBC – a joint venture with leading Chinese language TV content provider and broadcaster TVB, and China’s largest TV shopping company OCJ, all of which are of profound significance in China and beyond. CMC also leads China’s highly eye-catching urban leisure and entertainment destination – the Dream Center in Shanghai through a multi-party international partnership. Li is also the Chairman of Shanghai Media Group (SMG), which he led as the CEO for 10 years and grew it into China’s second largest media conglomerate with the most diversified media assets of national reach.

Member of the Compensation Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee

Daniela Riccardi was appointed a director on 12 September 2013. A prominent FMCG, retail-and-fashion products executive, she is Chief Executive Officer of Baccarat, the international luxury goods company, and was Chief Executive Officer of Diesel Group, the innovative fashion business. 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 Eastern Europe & Russia. 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.

Member of the Compensation Committee

Jeffrey Rosen was appointed a director of WPP in December 2004. He is a deputy chairman and managing director of Lazard with over 40 years’ experience in international investment banking and corporate finance. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is President of the Board of Trustees of the International Center of Photography in New York.

Chairman of the Compensation Committee

Member of the Audit Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee

Senior independent director

Nicole Seligman was appointed a director on 1 January 2014. A senior Sony executive since 2001, she is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Corporation and President of Sony Corporation of America. Previously, as a partner in the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly, she counselled a wide range of clients, including major media companies, on complex litigation and commercial matters. She was a law clerk for US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and was associate editorial page editor for the Asian Wall Street Journal. She was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Member of the Compensation Committee

Hugo Shong was appointed a director on 13 May 2013. He is the executive vice president of International Data Group (IDG), a private technology media, research and events company, and president of IDG Asia/China. He joined IDG in 1991 as an associate to IDG’s founder and chairman, Patrick J. McGovern, for Asian business development after working for three years as a reporter and editor at Electronic Business and Electronic Business Asia magazine, where he launched over 40 magazines and newspapers in Asian countries, such as PC World Vietnam, the Chinese editions of NetworkWorld, Electronic Products, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, National Geographic, FHM and Men’s Health . In 1993, he helped IDG to set up the first technology venture fund in China, IDG Capital Partners, which now has $3.8 billion under management and an investment portfolio including Baidu, Tencent (QQ), Sohu, Ctrip and Soufun. He currently serves on the boards of China Jiuhao Health Industry Corp, which focuses on health maintenance and retirement community projects in China, and Mei Ah Entertainment Group, an entertainment company with interests in television, film and theatre listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Hugo has been a member of the board of trustees of Boston University since 2005. After completing his undergraduate studies at Hunan University, he attended the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and earned a Master of Science from Boston University in 1987. He conducted graduate studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee

Tim Shriver was appointed a director of WPP in August 2007. He is a social leader, educator, activist, film producer and business entrepreneur. As Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, he serves nearly four million Special Olympic athletes in 180 countries all working to promote health, education, and unity through the joy of sports. Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, he was (and remains) a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organisation in the field of social and emotional learning. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He chairs the board of Lovin’ Scoopful a cause-related consumer products brand specialising in ice cream that ‘loves you as much as you love it’.

Member of the Compensation Committee and Nomination and Governance Committee

Sally Susman was appointed a director on 13 May 2013. She is currently executive vice president, Corporate Affairs for Pfizer, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical company. Sally also heads the firm’s corporate responsibility group and plays a key role in shaping policy initiatives. Before joining Pfizer in 2007, she was EVP of Global Communications at Estée Lauder, where she directed global corporate affairs strategy and served as a member of the Executive Committee. She also 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 and the US Department of State’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership. Sally holds a BA in Government from Connecticut College in the US and has studied at the London School of Economics.

Member of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Sol Trujillo was appointed a director of WPP in October 2010. He is an international business executive with three decades’ experience as CEO of large market cap global companies in the US, the EU and Asia Pacific, including US West (now CenturyLink), Orange (now France Telecom) and Telstra, the Australian communications company. A digital pioneer operating in the telecommunications, technology, and media space, he has been a long-time champion of high-speed broadband and a pioneer and innovator of smartphone and the mobile internet to stimulate productivity and innovation across all sectors of the economy. He has managed operations in more than 25 countries – including developed and emerging markets from the EU and North America to China, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He currently sits on corporate boards in the US, EU and China – including Western Union and ProAmerica Bank in the US and in Asia, Silk Road Technologies in China, where he is Board chairman. In the public sector, Mr Trujillo served as trade policy advisor to the Clinton and Bush administrations and remains active on public policy issues related to immigration, trade, productivity and fiscal affairs.

Member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee

Members of the Advisory Board

  • Jeremy Bullmore
  • John Jackson
  • Bud Morten
  • Koichiro Naganuma
  • John Quelch
  • Richard Rivers
  • Cuneyd Zapsu

Company Secretary

  • Marie Capes

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