Board of Directors

Philip Lader Non-executive chairman Age 66

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 director of Marathon Oil, AES and Rusal Corporations, a trustee of the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Atlantic Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sir Martin Sorrell Chief executive Age 67

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 Age 54

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

Mark Read Strategy director and CEO, WPP Digital Age 45

Mark Read was appointed a director in March 2005. He has been WPP’s director of strategy since 2002 and is also chief executive 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 57

Colin Day was appointed a director in July 2005. He is the chief executive of Filtrona plc and a non-executive director of Amec. He was the group finance director of Reckitt Benckiser plc, until April 2011, 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 Vero Group plc until 1998, Bell Group plc until 2004, Imperial Tobacco plc until February 2007, easyJet plc until 30 September 2005 and Cadbury plc until 2010.

Esther Dyson Non-executive director Age 60

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 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 of EDventure. She has been highly influential for the past 25 years on the basis of her insights into online/information technology markets and their social impact worldwide, including the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.

An active investor as well as an analyst/observer, she participated in the sale of Flickr to Yahoo! and of Medstory and Powerset to Microsoft. She sits on the boards of Russia’s leading search company Yandex (YNDX) and also of non-listed start-ups including Evernote, 23andMe, Airship Ventures,, Meetup Inc., NewspaperDirect (Canada), Voxiva (US) and XCOR Aerospace (US). 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.

Orit Gadiesh Non-executive director Age 61

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 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.

Ruigang Li Non-executive director Age 42

Ruigang Li was appointed a director in October 2010. He is Chairman of China Media Capital (CMC). CMC is the first and only sovereign private equity fund dedicated to the media sector in China and abroad. In 2010, CMC forged a strategic partnership with News Corporation’s Star China to jointly develop growth opportunities on operational and investment platforms within China and beyond. Li was president of Shanghai Media Group (SMG) between 2002 and 2011. Under Li’s Leadership, Shanghai Media Group, a multimedia conglomerate based in Shanghai, built the most complete portfolio of media and related businesses and became one of the world’s largest providers and distributors of Chinese language media contents and services. SMG’s business scope spans multiple platforms and disciplines of television, radio, print media, digital media, content distribution, e-commerce, live theatre entertainment and education.

Stanley (Bud) Morten Non-executive director Age 68

Bud Morten was appointed a director in 1991. He is a consultant and private investor. From 2003 to 2009 he was 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 of, which was sold to a private equity firm in November 2005, and of The Motley Fool, Inc., a private company in the financial content business. He is also a non-executive director of Darien Rowayton Bank, a private company.

Koichiro Naganuma Non-executive director Age 67

Koichiro Naganuma was appointed a director in February 2004. He is chairman of the Board of Asatsu-DK Inc., also known as ADK. He is also vice chairman of Japan Advertising Association and chairman of Japan Advertising Industry Pension Fund. Joining the agency in 1981, he was president and Group CEO from 1991-2010.

ADK is Japan’s third largest advertising and communications company, and 15th largest in the world.

Lubna Olayan Non-executive director Age 56

Lubna Olayan was appointed a director in March 2005. Ms Olayan is the deputy chairperson 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 two publicly listed companies, the Saudi Hollandi Bank and Schlumberger, and sits on the International Advisory Board of Akbank, Rolls-Royce and the National Bank of Kuwait. She is on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, INSEAD and KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) and on the Board of DSCA (Down Syndrome Charitable Association) and Al Fanar, the first Arab venture philanthropy organisation in the Arab region.

John Quelch Non-executive director Age 60

John A. Quelch was appointed a director in 1988. He is the Dean, Vice President and Distinguished Professor of International Management at China Europe International Business School in Shanghai. Between 2001 and 2011 he was the Lincoln Filene Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School. Between 1998 and 2001 he was Dean of London Business School. Between 2002 and 2011 he served as chairman of the Massachusetts Port Authority, honorary consul general of the Kingdom of Morocco in New England and as honorary chairman of the British American Business Council of New England.

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 states. He is a non-executive director of Alere, Inc and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He served previously on the boards of Blue Circle Industries plc, easyJet plc, Pentland Group plc, Pepsi Bottling Group and Reebok International Limited. In the 2011 Honours List he was awarded a CBE for services to the promotion of British business.

Jeffrey A. Rosen Non-executive director Age 64

Jeffrey Rosen was appointed a director in December 2004. He is a deputy chairman and managing director of Lazard, with over 30 years’ experience in investment banking. 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 52

Tim Shriver was appointed a director 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 Olympics athletes in 180 countries all working to promote health, education, and unity through the joy of sports.

Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, Shriver 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 organization in the field of social and emotional learning. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a non-executive director of Neogenix Oncology and Fisker Automotive.

Paul Spencer Non-executive director Age 62

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 has held a number of non-executive directorships including until 2009 chairman of NS and I (National Savings). He is currently chairman of State Street Managed Pension Funds and chairs audit at TR Property Investment Trust PLC. He is the independent Trustee of BT, BA and Rolls-Royce Pension Funds. He is Chairman of Hermes Asset Managers Ltd. In the 2010 Honours List he was awarded a CBE for services to the financial services industry. He is a governor of the charity Motability.

Sol Trujillo Non-executive director Age 60

Sol Trujillo was appointed a director 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 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.

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