Chris Freeland

Chris Freeland

Executive Chairman, UK at RAPP Worldwide, New York
New York, United States

About me

Chris leads the RAPP UK operation (now incorporating Proximity London) with a talented team of around 500 people. Having grown up through Client Services, and held leadership positions for over 20 years, his passion lies in building enduring client relationships by setting standards for excellence. Chris believes fiercely in helping everyone to be the best version of themselves by standing up for individuality. In fact in 2018 & 2019, the IPA awarded RAPP a Gold accreditation for learning and development. It’s therefore unsurprising that great talent follows Chris, which in turn, has led to great work and lasting client relationships. Some clients have partnered with Chris for over a decade and he’s worked across all sectors from automotive to airlines, finance to FMCG, and telcos to charities. Chris is increasingly known across the Omnicom network and others for his dedication and innovation around making mental wellbeing part of the business’s operating rhythm. He brings all the talent of RAPP, across all disciplines, together to create a unique offering in data, tech, marketing sciences and creativity.

Sector Experience


Executive Chairman, UK
New York, United States
December 2015 - Present (6 years 8 months)
Joint CEO
London, United Kingdom
2001 - 2015 (14 years)
Joint CEO Apr 2014 – Oct 2015
Co-set the vision for TMW, leadership of the management team and overseeing the operational management and working practices to drive excellence in delivery. Also leading special projects including startups, new services and capabilities, alongside talent management and employee engagement

Chief Operating Officer Aug 2012 – Mar 2014

Managing Director Apr 2009 – Jul 2012

Client Services Director Jan 2004 – Mar 2009

Business Director Aug 2001 – Dec 2004


BA (Hons) Business Studies;Marketing and AdvertisingGrade2:1

1986 - 1991 (5 years)
Majored in Marketing and Advertising as part of a comprehensive 4 year sandwich Business Studies degree.

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