WPP leadership

WPP leadership

WPP's Board of directors is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the Company by directing and supervising the Group's strategy and is responsible to shareowners for the Group's financial and operational performance.

Roberto Quarta
Chairman | Letter of appointment - Roberto Quarta
Roberto Quarta was appointed as a director with effect from 1 January 2015. He is Chairman of Smith & Nephew plc, a FTSE 100 listed global medical devices company and 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.

Sir Martin Sorrell
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
Finance director
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 non-executive director of CEVA Group plc, Chime Communications PLC and STW Communications Group Limited in Australia, the last two being companies associated with the Group.

Jacques Aigrain
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Jacques Aigrain
Jacques Aigrain is currently chairman of LCH.Clearnet Group Limited. He was CEO of Swiss Re from 2006 to 2009, and prior to this, he spent 20 years with JP Morgan Chase in New York, London and Paris.

In addition, Jacques 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.

Jacques 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.

Charlene Begley
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Charlene Begley
Ms Charlene T Begley has worked at the General Electric Company for the past 25 years.
Her most recent role was the Chief Executive Officer and President of GE Home & Business Solutions at General Electric Company. In this role, Ms Begley had responsibility for the GE Appliances, Lighting and Intelligent Platforms, as well as serving as the company’s Chief Information Officer and leading the Sourcing Council and Corporate Leadership Staff. As CIO, Ms Begley managed a budget of $3.7bn and led 10,000 IT professionals with a strong focus on business process excellence, simplification, collaboration and security and compliance.

Ms Begley is a Senior Vice President of General Electric Company.

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 was a director of Morpho Detection, Inc. and GE Fanuc JV. She also serves 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.

Tarek Farahat
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Tarek Farahat
Tarek Farahat was appointed as a director with effect from 11 October 2016. He is JBS' Global President for Marketing and Innovation and a member of the Board of Directors. JBS is the largest protein production company in the world by sales. He initially joined JBS S.A. in 2013 as an independent non-executive director before taking on his current executive role in 2015. Prior to JBS S.A., Mr Farahat spent 26 years at Procter & Gamble, in a range of marketing and general executive management roles, working across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, including the General Management/Vice President roles of the Latin America region from 2001. As the head of Procter & Gamble operations in Brazil (2006 - 2012) he led the company to a period of accelerated growth as well as successfully integrating the Gillette business. In 2012, he was elected by the board of directors of Procter & Gamble as President for Procter & Gamble Latin America and was also appointed to Procter & Gamble's Global Leadership Council.

Mr Farahat has a BA Business degree from the American University in Cairo and a degree in Finance from the Cairo University. He is a joint Egyptian and Brazilian citizen.

Sir John Hood
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Sir John Hood
An international education and business leader, Sir John Hood 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.

Sir Hood earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and then won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he was awarded an M.Phil. in Management Studies.

Ruigang Li
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Ruigang Li
Ruigang Li was appointed a director of WPP in October 2010. He is Founding Chairman of China Media Capital (CMC), China’s first sovereign private equity fund dedicated to Media and Entertainment sector investment. Through Li’s chairmanship, CMC’s most important investments include controlling stake acquisition of News Corporation’s China assets, a joint venture with DreamWorks Animation, a joint venture with world-leading Chinese language TV content provider and broadcaster TVB, China’s largest TV shopping company OCJ, all of groundbreaking industrial significance in China and beyond. Li was CEO of SMG (Shanghai Media Group) for 10 years while he grew SMG into China’s leading media conglomerate with the most diversified media assets of national reach.

Daniela Riccardi
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Daniela Riccardi
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 formerly was Chief Executive Officer of Diesel Group, the innovative fashion business. For 25 years previously, she was an executive at Procter & Gamble, 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.

Nicole Seligman
Non-Executive director, Senior Independent director | Letter of appointment - Nicole Seligman
Nicole Seligman was a senior Sony executive from 2001 until the end of March 2016, when she stepped down from her Sony executive roles to pursue other professional interests. 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 formerly was a law clerk for US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and was associate editorial page editor for the Asian Wall Street Journal.

Ms Seligman was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

Hugo Shong
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Hugo Shong
Hugo Shong 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, Hugo 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.

Hugo 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.

Timothy Shriver
Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Timothy Shriver
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 specializing in ice cream that ‘loves you as much as you love it’.

Sally Susman

Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Sally Susman
Sally Susman is currently executive vice president, Policy External Affairs & Communications 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, Sally 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. Sally 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, the US Department of State’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership and the US India Business Council. She was also appointed as the New York City Commissioner on Women’s Issues by Mayor Michael R Bloomberg. Sally holds a BA in Government from Connecticut College in the US and has studied at London School of Economics.

Sol Trujillo

Non-Executive director | Letter of appointment - Sol Trujillo
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 Target, 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. WPP

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WPP Annual Report & Accounts 2016

WPP Annual Report & Accounts 2016
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