Sairah Ashman

Sairah Ashman

Global CEO at Wolff Olins
London, United Kingdom


Sairah Ashman is Global CEO at Wolff Olins, the creative consultancy famously described by a McKinsey Partner as the perfect blend of maths and magic. She leads business direction and performance in partnership with her leadership team and local offices. Wolff Olins has 3 global hubs operating across multiple geographies and is part of the Omnicom group.
Over a 20-year career, Sairah has built a reputation for creating high performing teams, outstanding results for clients and delivering business transformation. Most often working across differing market situations, cultures and regions.
She is an alumna of Harvard Business School and Goldsmiths University of London, an active supporter of The House of St Barnabas (working to break the cycle of homelessness) and a regular TEDx host and speaker. 


Global CEO
London, United Kingdom
August 2017 - Present (2 months)
Founding Committee Member
2014 - Present (3 years 9 months)
Scholarship Programme Interviewer
The Marketing Academy
2014 - Present (3 years 9 months)
Founding Member & Committee Advisor
The House of St Barnabas
2014 - Present (3 years 9 months)

Global COO
London, United Kingdom
2010 - Present (7 years 9 months)
I set the long-term strategy for the business globally and lined everything up to deliver. I spoke publicly about the role in a number of media titles, including the Huffington Post, Director Magazine and HR Magazine
MD - London
London, United Kingdom
2008 - 2010 (2 years)
I coordinated the business direction, people, clients and operations for our largest hub in the group.
Head of Client Services
London, United Kingdom
2006 - 2008 (2 years)
I built a strongly client-focused offer and a talented team known for delivering long-term value.
Senior Account Director
London, United Kingdom
1994 - 2006 (12 years)
I led our largest and most complex relationships before taking our offer into developing markets such as Russia and Brazil.
Account Manager
Design in Action
1991 - 1993 (2 years)
I worked in a multi-disciplinary agency of 100+ people within an account team co-led by two Partners.


Omnicom University - Senior Management Programme

Babson College, Babson Park
2012 - 2016 (4 years)

Masters Digital Sociology

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross
2013 - 2015 (2 years)

PLD (strategy and leadership) - Business and leadership

Harvard Business School, Boston
2007 - 2008 (1 year)

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