IPG Executive Chairman, Michael Roth has announced that he will retire from the company and the Board of Directors on December 31 of this year and that David Thomas has been elected to serve as non-executive Chair of the Board starting the first day of 2022. These moves complete the transition plan announced in October 2020, when Philippe Krakowsky was appointed CEO starting January 1, 2022.
“My time as Chairman and CEO of IPG has been a tremendous privilege,” said Michael Roth, the company’s current Executive Chair.
“I am most proud of the work we have done to help shine a light on equity and inclusion, as well as being a values and purpose-driven enterprise. Operationally, we have evolved to meet the needs of an industry that is not only creative, but also increasingly about digital and data. Philippe has been key to the efforts to move the company forward on all these fronts, working with me and the board to build a contemporary organization that delivers high-value services for marketers. Our clients, people and shareholders are in very good hands going forward.”
Roth turns 76 later this month and leaves IPG as the world’s fourth largest agency group. Before joining IPG Roth was Chairman and CEO of financial services holding company The MONY Group Inc.
“I am honored that my fellow directors have asked me to serve as Chair of IPG’s Board of Directors,” said Mr. Thomas. “On behalf of the board, I want to thank Michael for his nearly 20 years of service to IPG. His leadership has been instrumental in making IPG the advertising sector’s top-performing company across a range of key financial and operational metrics. I look forward to working with Philippe and my fellow board members to continue building on our successes, working together to create long-term value for our stakeholders.”
According to hi IPG profile, Roth is a member of the Board of Directors for Pitney Bowes Inc., the Ad Council and Ryman Hospitality Properties. He is also a member of the boards of the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Board, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and the Center on Addiction. In addition, he is a Director of the Baruch College Fund and the Partnership for New York City. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Heart Steering Committee.
“Michael’s leadership has always demonstrated that doing the right thing for our people and the communities in which we operate is good for our business,” said Philippe Krakowsky, CEO of IPG.
“For the industry at large, he was the first to clearly articulate the importance of making diversity and inclusion business priorities. He also set an agenda for IPG that was fully client-centric, as we looked to bring collaborative, cross-agency teams together under our Open Architecture model. Michael has brought an insightful, calm and focused approach to problem-solving for a range of complex business challenges. On behalf of all our people, I want to thank Michael for two decades of thoughtful, measured and principled leadership.”