Sir Martin Sorrell, founder of WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group, has been named the second most successful CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review. Sir Martin had founded WPP in 1985. In October last year, Sir Martin was named the fifth best-performing CEO by Harvard Business Review.
WPP includes some of the most prominent agencies in the business, providing clients with end-to-end solutions for advertising, media investment management, data investment management, public relations, branding, healthcare communications, digital and specialist communications services.
WPP has over 3,000 offices in 112 countries. The Group’s worldwide companies include J Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Y&R, Grey, Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Kantar (including Millward Brown and TNS), Wunderman, Burson-Marsteller, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Landor, Brand Union, Fitch, The Partners, AKQA and WPP Digital.
No stranger to accolades, Sir Martin has been publicly honoured with a number of awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. In the Time 100 “Builders & Titans” he was voted one of the world’s most influential figures in business. He was also nominated for CNBC’s First 25 List (“Rebels, Icons and Leaders”) of people judged to have had the most profound impact on business and finance in the last 25 years. He received a knighthood in January 2000. He was recently awarded the 2014 Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Communication by Boston University’s College of Communications.