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Martin Sorrell      

Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer of WPP and has served in that role since he started the Company in 1986.

Since then, WPP became one of the world's leading communications services and advertising companies valued by the UK stockmarket at £7.5 billion.

With billings of $15 billion and revenues of $3.5 billion, WPP's 70 operating companies provide national, multi-national and global clients with advertising, media investment management, information and consultancy, public relations and public affairs, branding and identity, healthcare and specialist communications services. Sorrell's firm employs 65,000 people in 950 offices in 92 countries.

Before founding WPP, Martin Sorrell helped run famed UK advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi from 1977 until 1984.

He is a graduate of Cambridge University and has an MBA from Harvard University.

He was Knighted in the Millennium New Year Honours list.

Sorrell was in 2005 forced to sell £9m of shares in WPP to pay a tax bill, due to an Inland Revenue clampdown on executive tax avoidance arrangements.

He also agreed to change a contract with the company which had been much criticized by institutional shareholders in WPP as being unfairly written in Sorrell's favor. Under the previous agreement if Sorrell was terminated it would have led to a very large payout. The new agreement instead provides him with one year's pay. Shareholders have criticized many aspects of corporate governance at WPP.

Sir Martin owns a substantial stake in the company he founded through a series of pay awards and his own purchases of shares. Until recently he had never before sold shares in the company.

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Martin Sorrell to 4A's Gathering: 'There Is a Problem' With Gender, Diversity

One week after J. Walter Thompson's former CEO Gustavo Martinez resigned for alleged sexist and racist remarks, WPP CEO Martin Sorrell said "there is a problem" in the industry regarding gender and diversity issues at the 4A's Transformation conference.

Sir Martin Sorrell on Trump winning the US election - Business Insider

Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the world's largest advertising agency holding group, said on Wednesday that Donald Trump's surprise win in the US ...

WPP CEO Martin Sorrell Receives $103 Million in Compensation for ...

WPP's Martin Sorrell was once again the highest-paid chief executive in the advertising industry last year, receiving 70.4 million pounds ($103 million) in ...

WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell CES interview - Business Insider

The advertising holding company spent $90 million on Snapchat ads in 2016, Sir Martin Sorrell told us at CES 2017.

Sir Martin Sorrell on ANA rebates report - Business Insider

Sir Martin Sorrell was speaking at WPP's AGM in London.

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