WPP Appoints Grey Global CEO Michael Houston as President of its US Business

Michael Houston, the Global CEO of Grey, has been appointed as President of WPP in the United States, a role that will see Houston represent the company in its largest market worldwide. WPP employs approximately 20,000 people in the US, with annual revenues of around $6 billion.

Houston joined Grey in 2007, rising to Managing Director of Grey New York in 2011, CEO for North America in 2013, and then Global CEO in 2017. In addition to Grey, he has held senior leadership positions at KB+P, Landor, and Y&R, as well as founding a brand consultancy in the 1990s.

Houston will assist AKQA Group CEO, Ajaz Ahmed, with the transition to new leadership at Grey and will continue as a member of the WPP Executive Committee. As part of his new role, he will additionally serve as WPP’s Executive Sponsor for P&G.


“The United States is our largest market and home to many of our most important clients,” said Mark Read, CEO of WPP.

“Michael is admired and respected across the industry and has made an exceptional contribution during his 15 years at Grey. I am delighted that he is taking on this important new role for WPP, supporting our people and agencies and bringing the best of WPP to our clients.”

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“I am honored to become the first President of WPP in the US,” said Houston, adding that the company has “a unique opportunity to deliver transformational results for our clients and drive growth through greater collaboration across our powerhouse agencies.”