WPP has appointed Lindsay Pattison as Global Chief People Officer, tasked with heading up the company’s people strategy and operations.
Pattison, who has been WPP’s Global Chief Client Officer since 2018, will succeed Jennifer Remling, who is leaving to become Chief People Officer at Warner Bros. Discovery.
Pattison has been responsible for developing and supporting the Global Client Leaders of the company’s largest clients, representing a third of WPP’s revenue. Prior to that, she held a number of leadership roles at WPP, GroupM and media agency Maxus.
Pattison brings a strong track record of delivering initiatives to improve gender diversity in particular. As CEO of Maxus she launched Walk The Talk, an initiative to help senior women reach their full potential, and after moving to her current position she sponsored the scheme at a global level for WPP. More than 3,000 female leaders have participated to date around the world.
She has also played an important role on WPP”s Diversity & Inclusion Council, sponsored our Elevate program for Black female talent, and, as a former President of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications Leadership), mentored early-career talent across the industry.
She is also an independent non-executive director for the Rugby World Cup (England 2025) Limited, which will deliver the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2025.
Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said: “Lindsay is extremely highly regarded across the industry as a leader who can identify and develop top talent, and as a trusted partner to global clients. She has a deep understanding of our business, people and culture, and her strong commercial focus will help to drive our future people strategy.
“Jennifer has been an excellent partner to me, the rest of the executive team and the leaders of our agencies, and I’d like to thank her for everything she’s contributed to WPP and our agencies over the last seven years.”
Lindsay Pattison added: “Our business and our clients succeed when we have the best, most highly motivated talent. Our most valuable assets are our people, and creating the culture and environment where they can do the work of their lives is both what excites me about this new role, and what will deliver results for our clients.”