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Directors' biographies

Philip Lader Non-executive chairman Age 62

Philip Lader was appointed chairman in 2001. The US Ambassador to the Court of St James's from 1997 to 2001, he previously served in several senior executive roles in the US Government, including as a Member of the President's Cabinet and as White House Deputy Chief of Staff. Before entering government service, he was executive vice president of the company managing 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 member of the Council of Lloyd's (insurance market), a director of RAND, Marathon Oil, Rusal, AES Corporations and Songbird Estates plc (Canary Wharf), a trustee of the Smithsonian Museum of American History and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sir Martin Sorrell Chief executive Age 63

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 •

Paul Richardson Finance director Age 50

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 corporate responsibility. He is also the Country Manager for Italy.

Previously he spent six years with the central financial team of Hanson PLC. He is a chartered accountant and fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He is a non-executive director of Chime Communications PLC and STW Communications Group Limited in Australia, both of which are companies associated with the Group •

Mark Read Strategy director Age 41

Mark Read was appointed a director in March 2005. He has been WPP's director of strategy since 2002 and is also CEO of WPP Digital. 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 •

Colin Day Non-executive director Age 53

Colin Day was appointed a director in July 2005. He is group finance director of Reckitt Benckiser plc, having been appointed to its board in September 2000. Prior to joining Reckitt Benckiser he was group finance director of Aegis Group plc and previously held a number of senior finance positions with ABB Group plc and De La Rue Group plc. He was a non-executive director of Imperial Tobacco plc until February 2007 and of easyJet plc until 30 September 2005.

Esther Dyson Non-executive director Age 56

Esther Dyson was appointed a director in 1999. In 2004 she sold her company, EDventure Holdings, to CNET Networks, the US-based interactive media company. She left CNET at the end of 2006 and now operates as an independent investor and entrepreneur, again under the name of EDventure. She has been highly influential for the past 25 years on the basis of her insights into online/information technology markets and social impact worldwide, including the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.

An active investor as well as an analyst/observer, she recently participated in the sale of Flickr to Yahoo! and of Medstory to Microsoft. She sits on the boards of non-listed start-ups including 23andMe (US), Boxbe (US), (US), Meetup Inc. (US), NewspaperDirect (Canada), CVO Group (Hungary) and Yandex (Russia). She is also an active investor in 'new-space' and aviation start-ups including Space Adventures, XCOR Aerospace, Icon Aircraft and Airship Ventures (all based in the US) and co-hosts the annual Flight School workshop for air and space entrepreneurs. She sat on the consumer advisory board of Orbitz until its sale to Cendant. 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 (among other things) is pushing US legislators to publish their daily diaries.

Orit Gadiesh Non-executive director Age 57

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 and was a Baker Scholar.

She is a member of the International Advisory Board at Haute Ecole Commerciale in France. She is a member of the Foundation Board for the World Economic Forum, and on the Board of Directors of The Peres Institute for Peace. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee for Eisenhower Fellowships and a member of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

David H Komansky Non-executive director Age 68

David Komansky was appointed a director in January 2003. He was chairman of the Board of Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc, serving until his retirement on 28 April 2003. He served as chief executive officer from 1996 to 2002, having begun his career at Merrill Lynch in 1968.

Among many professional affiliations, he serves as a director of Black Rock, Inc. and as a member of the International Advisory Board of the British American Business Council. Active in many civic and charitable organisations, he serves on the Board of the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Christopher Mackenzie Non-executive director Age 53

Christopher Mackenzie was appointed a director in 2000. He is chairman and chief executive of the Equilibrium Group, a London-based investor group and chairman of Borets, the Russian oil services group. He is also a board member of the Abdul Latif Jameel Group and KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production JSC. He served as the chief executive of Brunswick Capital in Russia, the president and chief executive officer of Trizec Properties and as the president of GE Capital Europe.

Stanley (Bud) Morten Non-executive director Age 64

Bud Morten was appointed a director in 1991. He is a consultant and private investor. He is currently the Independent Consultant to Citigroup/Smith Barney with responsibility for its independent research requirements.

Previously he was the chief operating officer of Punk, Ziegel & Co, a New York investment banking firm with a focus on the healthcare and technology industries. Before that he was the managing director of the equity division of Wertheim Schroder & Co, Inc. in New York. He is a former non-executive director of, which was sold to a private equity firm in November 2005 and is no longer a public company. He is also a non-executive director of The Motley Fool, Inc., which is a private company.

Koichiro Naganuma Non-executive director Age 63

Koichiro Naganuma was appointed a director in February 2004. He is president and group chief executive officer of Asatsu-DK, also known as ADK. Joining the agency in 1981, he began his career with the account service of global clients in the agency. His mandate thereafter expanded to the total operation of the group.

He replaced ADK Chairman Masao Inagaki on the Board who retired upon the appointment of Mr Naganuma. ADK is Japan's third largest advertising and communications company, and ninth largest in the world.

Lubna Olayan Non-executive director Age 52

Lubna Olayan was appointed a director in March 2005. Ms Olayan is the deputy chairman and chief executive officer of the Olayan Financing Company, a subsidiary and the holding entity for the Olayan Group's operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Ms Olayan is a Board Member of Saudi Hollandi Bank, a publicly listed company in Saudi Arabia. She is on the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Directors of INSEAD and a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University. Ms Olayan joined the International Advisory Board of Rolls-Royce in October 2006 and of Citi in 2007.

John Quelch Non-executive director Age 56

John Quelch was appointed a director in 1988. He is Senior Associate Dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Between 1998 and 2001 he was Dean of the London Business School. He also serves as chairman of the Massachusetts Port Authority.

Professor Quelch's writings focus on global business practice in emerging as well as developed markets, international marketing and the role of the multinational corporation and the nation state. He is a non-executive director of Gentiva Health Services Inc, Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc. and Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. He served previously on the boards of Blue Circle Industries plc, easyJet plc, Pentland Group plc and Reebok International Limited.

Jeffrey A. Rosen Non-executive director Age 60

Jeffrey Rosen was appointed a director in December 2004. He is a deputy chairman and managing director of Lazard. He has over 30 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.

Timothy (Tim) Shriver Non-executive director Age 48

Tim Shriver was appointed a director in August 2007. He is Chairman of Special Olympics serving over 2 million Special Olympic athletes and their families in 170 countries. In recent years, he has produced films for Disney, Dream Works and Fox Searchlight and more recently, has begun writing a column for The Washington Post/

He co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and currently chairs the CASEL Board. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is also a non-executive director of the National Center for Learning & Citizenship, Malaria No More and Neogenix. He serves on the advisory committee of Main Street Advisors and Leeds Equity.

Paul Spencer Non-executive director Age 58

Paul Spencer was appointed a director in April 2004. He is a financier with 20 years' experience in the financial management of a number of blue chip companies, including British Leyland PLC, Rolls-Royce PLC, Hanson PLC and Royal & Sun Alliance PLC.

He served as UK chief executive of Royal & Sun Alliance PLC between 1999 and 2002. He is the chairman of State Street Managed Pension Funds Ltd. He is also chairman of the Association of Corporate Treasurers' Advisory Board, NS&I (National Savings), the UK government-owned retail savings institution, and Sovereign Reversions Group plc. He is also a non-executive director of Resolution Life Group plc and Nipponkoa.