WPP buybacks

1 April, 2020

Pushback on buybacks as global brands postpone plans

On Wednesday this week WPP, one of the world’s largest marketing and advertising companies, suspended a £950m buyback announced last year. A day later Adidas, a global sports brand announced postpo...
Heathrow Airport

7 March, 2019

Board moves: Heathrow Airport Holdings, Network International and WPP

Heathrow Airport Holdings Former transport secretary Ruth Kelly has joined Heathrow Airport Holdings as a non-executive director. Kelly served in government under Gordon Brown and also held ...
City of London, financial, banking

5 December, 2018

‘Repeat offenders’ warned to heed shareholder revolts

It seems some companies are unwilling to learn the lessons of last year’s shareholder revolts. That, at least, is the view of the Investment Association (IA), a trade body for investment managers, w...
Jack Ma, Alibaba

11 September, 2018

Succession planning: Alibaba works its magic

The news this week is once again full of the rags-to-riches story of Jack Ma, the billionaire co-founder and executive chairman of the internet giant Alibaba. This time, though, Ma is making headlines...
Mark Read, WPP

3 September, 2018

‘Internal’ or ‘external’ for the best CEOs?

WPP, one of the world’s largest media agencies, has a new chief executive after the debacle over the resignation of founder Martin Sorrell earlier this year following complaints about his conduct. ...

5 April, 2018

Sir Martin Sorrell investigated by WPP over alleged misconduct

An investigation has been launched against WPP founder and CEO Sir Martin Sorrell following an allegation of “personal misconduct”. A terse statement to the stock exchange states that independe...
Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP

8 June, 2017

Shareholder pressures WPP over CEO succession

Shareholders have once again placed pressure on the board of advertising giant WPP to resolve issues around what happens when current chief executive, Sir Martin Sorrell, leaves the company. A
pay gaps

22 March, 2017

Nine in ten FTSE 100 CEOs paid more than 100 times living wage

Ninety per cent of FTSE 100 CEO's are paid 100 times more than a national living wage, according to a campaign group which has called on boards to share how they will manage their pay gaps.

9 June, 2016

Shareholders revolt over Sir Martin’s pay

A third of shareholders failed to vote for the £70m pay package of Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of advertising and marketing giant WPP, at the company's annual general meeting. During a vo...

11 June, 2015

WPP under pressure over succession planning

Advertising and marketing giant WPP has come under fire from Standard Life after its governance chief questioned the company on succession plans should it lose its iconic CEO Martin Sorrell. Accord...