Group Chief Executive, WPP
"The introduction of cellphones has already led to a measurable improvement in the lives of billions of consumers across the planet. We can expect global broadband to do even more."
Sir Martin Sorrell founded WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group in 1985 and has been chief executive throughout.
WPP companies, which include some of the most eminent agencies in the business, provide clients with advertising, media investment management, consumer insight, public relations and public affairs, branding and identity, and specialist communications services.
Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools – advising Harvard, IESE, the London Business School and the Indian School of Business. He has been an Ambassador for British Business, and 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 also contributes to many important organisations and charities. 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 Patron 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.