Board of Directors

Non-executive chairman

Roberto Quarta Non-executive chairman Age 66

Chairman of the Nomination and Governance Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee

Roberto Quarta was appointed as a director with effect from 1 January 2015 and became Chairman of WPP in June 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 IMI plc and a Non-Executive Director at BAE Systems plc, Equant NV, Foster Wheeler AG and PowerGen plc.

Executive directors

Sir Martin Sorrell Chief executive Age 71

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.

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Paul Richardson Finance director Age 58

Chairman of the Sustainability Committee

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.

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Non-executive directors

Jacques Aigrain Non-executive director Age 61

Chairman of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee

Jacques Aigrain was appointed a non-executive director of WPP on 13 May 2013. He is currently a partner 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. In addition, he is a non-executive director of London Stock Exchange Group Plc and a Supervisory Board Member of LyondellBassell NV and Swiss International Airlines AG. He was Chairman of LCH Clearnet Group Ltd from 2010 to March 2015, and also was a Director of the Qatar Financial Center Authorities until March 2015 and Supervisory Board Member of Lufthansa AG until April 2015. 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.

Charlene Begley Non-executive director Age 49

Member of the Audit Committee and Nomination and Governance 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 and member of the Audit Committee of NASDAQ OMX and non-executive director and member of the Audit and Nominating Committees of Red Hat. Ms Begley was a director of Morpho Detection, Inc. and GE Fanuc JV. 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 BS Degree in Business Administration.

Sir John Hood Non-executive director Age 64

Chairman of the Compensation Committee

Sir 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. Sir John currently serves as President & CEO of the Robertson Foundation, and as Chairman of Study Group Limited and BMT Group. He also serves as Chair of the Rhodes Trust and Teach For All. 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.

Ruigang Li Non-executive director Age 46

Member of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Ruigang Li was appointed a director of WPP in October 2010. He is the Founding Chairman of CMC Capital Partners and CMC Holdings (CMC), China’s most prestigious platforms for media and entertainment investment and operation with an extensive coverage across the entire spectrum of traditional and internet space. Ruigang Li has led CMC to create a number of champions and emerging leaders in key sub-sectors including television, film, animation, sports, music, location-based entertainment, financial media, financial and media data services, advertising, e-commerce, ticketing, mobile video social network, game and education. Ruigang Li was the Chairman and President of SMG (Shanghai Media Group) for more than 10 years and successfully transformed SMG from a Shanghai-based provincial broadcaster into China’s leading media conglomerate with the most diversified business scope.

Daniela Riccardi Non-executive director Age 56

Member of the 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 also sits on the Board of Kering. 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 Age 59

Senior independent director

Nicole Seligman was appointed a director on 1 January 2014. Most recently, Ms Seligman served as President of Sony Entertainment, Inc. and Sony Corporation of America and Sony Group Senior Legal Counsel. Until 2014, she was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Corporation. 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.

Hugo Shong Non-executive director Age 60

Member of the Nomination and Governance 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 China’s first technology venture fund, IDG Capital Partners, which now has $5 billion under management and an investment portfolio including Baidu, Tencent (QQ), Sohu, Ctrip, Soufun and Xiaomi. 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.

Timothy P. Shriver Non-executive director Age 56

Member of the Compensation Committee

Tim Shriver was appointed a director of WPP in August 2007. He is Chairman of Special Olympics and in that capacity, he happily serves together with over 4 million Special Olympics athletes in 170 countries, all working to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports. Before joining Special Olympics in 1996, 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 school reform organization in the field of social and emotional learning. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree from The Catholic University of America, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He has produced four films, written for dozens of newspapers and magazines, founded an ice cream company, and been rewarded with degrees and honors which he didn’t deserve but happily accepted on behalf of others.

Sally Susman Non-executive director Age 54

Member of the Compensation 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 is a Trustee at the Library of Congress. Sally holds a BA in Government from Connecticut College in the US and has studied at the London School of Economics.

Sol Trujillo Non-executive director Age 64

Member of the Audit Committee

Solomon D. (Sol) Trujillo was appointed a director of WPP in October 2010. He is an international business executive with three decades’ experience as CEO of high-cap global companies in the US, EMEA and Asia-Pac. A digital pioneer and long-time practitioner of market-based management, Sol was an early champion of high-speed broadband and the mobile internet to stimulate productivity and innovation across all sectors of the economy. Sol currently sits on corporate boards in the US, EU, and China and has managed operations in more than 25 countries around the world – including developed as well as emerging markets from the EU and North America to China, Australasia, Africa and the Middle East.

Members of the Advisory Board

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

Company Secretary

  • Marie Capes