WPP appoints Pattison as Global Chief People Officer

By Ibidunni Banjoko

WPP, a multinational advertising and public relations company, has appointed Lindsay Pattison as Global Chief People Officer, responsible for the company’s people strategy and operations. Lindsay will succeed Jennifer Remling, who is leaving to become Chief People Officer at Warner Bros. Discovery.

Lindsay currently serves as WPP’s Global Chief Client Officer, leading the company’s relationships with its major clients. She has held this role since 2018 and is responsible for developing and supporting Global Client Leaders for WPP’s largest clients, representing a significant portion of the company’s revenue. Prior to this, she held leadership positions at WPP, GroupM, and media agency Maxus.

Lindsay is known for her advocacy for talent and a strong commitment to improving diversity at the highest levels of business. Throughout her career, she has initiated various programs to enhance gender diversity and promote female leadership. She launched “Walk The Talk,” an initiative aimed at helping senior women reach their full potential while serving as CEO of Maxus. This initiative has since been expanded globally at WPP, with over 3,000 female leaders participating worldwide. Lindsay has also played a crucial role in diversity and inclusion efforts at WPP, including sponsoring the Elevate program for Black female talent.

In her new role as Global Chief People Officer, Lindsay will use her business and client experience to drive WPP’s people strategy. She is expected to focus on talent development and improving diversity within the organization.

Lindsay Pattison is also an independent non-executive director for the Rugby World Cup (England 2025) Limited, serves on the board of Waldencast, the NASDAQ-listed global beauty and wellness company, and is part of various advisory boards focused on sustainability, marketing effectiveness, and the future of media.

Mark Read, CEO of WPP, expressed his confidence in Lindsay’s leadership, highlighting her ability to identify and develop top talent and her strong commercial focus. Lindsay and Jennifer will collaborate during the transition period until the end of the year, with both assuming their new positions in January 2024. An announcement regarding Lindsay’s successor will be made shortly.


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