Lindsay Pattison


Lindsay Pattison, Chief Client Officer, WPP
As Chief Client Officer, Lindsay is responsible for WPP’s top global client relationships (overseeing the 50+ largest accounts and 40,000 colleagues globally) and driving organic growth. She ensures that major clients have access to the combined strengths of WPP, that the best talent is working on their accounts, and that they work effectively with WPP companies and Country Managers to deliver fully integrated solutions for clients.

Previously, Lindsay was GroupM’s, and then WPP’s, first-ever Chief Transformation Officer. In 2014, she was the only female to hold the role of worldwide CEO in the media industry as global CEO of Maxus. Her first year leading the charge led to 13% (RECMA) growth, with responsibility for 3,000 colleagues across 55 markets and client media investment worth more than £11.2bn.

Lindsay is a passionate advocate for business leaders taking meaningful action to improve gender equality. She is an ex-President of WACL and features in the FT HERoes Champions of Women in Business 2018 list. But she is most proud of launching ‘Walk the Talk’, an initiative to help senior women overcome the cultural and psychological barriers to achieving their potential. Since launch, many WPP agencies have adopted the scheme, with over 1600 women benefitting and a 30% promotion rate within 9 months of the program. Now as CCO of WPP, she focuses on ensuring that women are (at the very least least) shortlisted for all senior roles at WPP and personally mentoring women of all levels across the WPP network.