Sir Martin S. Sorrell founded WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group in 1985 and has been chief executive throughout.Sir Martin Sorrell

WPP companies, which include some of the most eminent agencies in the business, provide clients with advertising, media investment management, data investment management, public relations and public affairs, branding and identity, healthcare communications, direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing and specialist communications services.

Collectively, WPP employs more than 170,000 people (including associates) in more than 3,000 offices in 110 countries.  The Group’s worldwide companies include JWT, 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. Clients include 350 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30, 63 of the NASDAQ 100 and 31 of the Fortune e-50.  In 2012, WPP had revenues of $16.5 billion and billings of $70.5 billion.

Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools – advising Harvard, IESE, the Indian School of Business and the China Europe International Business School.  He has been publicly recognised with a number of awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award.  He received a knighthood in January 2000.

Sir Martin contributes to many important organizations and charities.  Sir Martin is a non-executive director of Alpha Topco, the Formula 1 company and Alcoa. He is on the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum International Business Council and a member of the Business Council in the US.  He is a Trustee of the British Museum, a member of the corporate Advisory Group of the Tate Gallery, and on the International Advisory Board of The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.  In 2010 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bloomberg Family Foundation. In 2011 he was appointed a member of the Advisory Board of Stanhope Capital.

He is vice-chairman of IBLAC.  He is Chairman of IBAC London, IBAC Rome and IBAC Jerusalem.