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 share owners for the Group’s financial and operational performance and risk management.

Roberto Quarta

Chairman

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.

Letter of appointment - Roberto Quarta PDF 1.23MB

 

Mark Read

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.

 

Paul Richardson

Group Finance Director 

Appointed: 1996
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

 

Jacques Aigrain

Non-Executive Director 

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.

Letter of appointment - Jacques Aigrain PDF 104KB

 

Tarek Farahat

Non-Executive Director

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

Letter of appointment - Tarek Farahat PDF 769KB

 

Sir John Hood

Non-Executive Director

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 Study Group Limited and BMT Group and Chair of the Rhodes Trust. Sir John also serves on the board of Aurora Energy Research. 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, Study Group Limited. Chairman, BMT Group.

Letter of appointment - Sir John Hood PDF 103KB

 

Ruigang Li

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 12 October 2010
Nationality: Chinese
Skills and experience: Ruigang Li is the Founding Chairman and CEO of CMC Capital Partners and CMC Holdings (collectively CMC), China’s leading investment and operating group in media and entertainment, internet and technology, lifestyle and consumer sectors. Ruigang Li has led CMC to create a number of champions and emerging leaders in key sub-sectors including film, television, animation, entertainment and sports agency, news and financial media, social media, sports, music, live entertainment and education. 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 Partners. Chairman, CEO of CMC Holdings. 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.

Letter of appointment - Ruigang Li PDF 885KB

 

Daniela Riccardi

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 12 September 2013
Nationality: Italian
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.

Letter of appointment - Daniela Riccardi PDF 107KB

 

Nicole Seligman

Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director

Appointed: 1 January 2014
Nationality: American
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 General Counsel for Sony Corporation. Prior to that, as a partner in the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly, Ms Seligman counselled a wide range of clients, including major media companies, on complex litigation and commercial matters. 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.
Other current appointments: Non-Executive Director, Viacom Inc. Non-Executive Director, Far Point Acquisition Corporation.

Letter of appointment - Nicole Seligman PDF 794KB

 

Sally Susman

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 13 May 2013
Nationality: American
Skills and experience: Sally Susman is currently executive vice president, Corporate Affairs 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: None

Letter of appointment - Sally Susman PDF 809KB

 

Solomon D. (Sol) Trujillo

Non-Executive Director

Appointed: 12 October 2010
Nationality: American
Skills and experience: Sol Trujillo is an international business executive with three decades of experience as CEO of high-cap global companies in the US, the EU and Asia Pacific. A digital pioneer and long-time practitioner of market-based management, Mr Trujillo was an early champion of high-speed broadband and the mobile internet to stimulate productivity and innovation across all sectors of the economy. Mr Trujillo currently sits on corporate boards in the US, EU and China and has managed operations in more than 25 countries including developed and emerging markets from the EU and North America to China, Australasia, Africa and the Middle East. He is Chairman of Trujillo Group LLC which he uses to manage investments and to examine emerging trends in the broader digital space, from changing mobility platforms to artificial intelligence (AI). Mr Trujillo is the Chair and Co-founder of the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC), comprised of the most senior US Latino business leaders.
Other current appointments: Director, Unlockd. Director, Western Union. Director, Silk Road Telecommunications.

Letter of appointment - Sol Trujillo PDF 2219KB

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