Andrew Scott was appointed Chief Operating Officer of WPP on September 3d 2018.
Before that and during a short period of time after Sir Martin Sorell departure, Andrew worked alongside Mark Read to lead the business and develop WPP’s strategy. He has specific responsibility for the Group’s financial and operational performance and implementing the ongoing reorganisation of WPP’s portfolio.
He joined WPP in 1999 as Director of Corporate Development, working in London and New York, and was appointed to lead WPP’s Specialist Communications division in 2009. He was named Chief Operating Officer, WPP Europe, in March 2013, focusing on the strategy and structure of WPP’s businesses in the UK and Continental Europe (including Turkey and Russia).
Andrew has extensive leadership, strategic and corporate development experience. He has been responsible for the Group’s Mergers & Acquisitions activity, completing numerous acquisitions and minority investments. Through transactions such as Essence, VML, AKQA, 24/7, Y&R Group, Cordiant and TNS, he has played a critical role in building WPP – not least its digital capabilities.
Andrew spent his earlier career at global strategy consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting, where he focused on projects related to clients’ most pressing strategic issues and opportunities. In London, Cape Town and Sydney he worked across strategy, operations and organisational transformation in a range of industry sectors.
He graduated with distinction from the INSEAD MBA programme in 1996. He holds a post graduate certificate in Design, Manufacture and Management from Cambridge University and a First-Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bath University.