Joanne Wilson named as new WPP CFO from 2023

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WPP today announced that Joanne Wilson is to be its new Chief Financial Officer, after current CFO, John Rogers, decided to step down from the company.

Joanne Wilson

Wilson is currently Chief Financial Officer at Britvic, the UK-listed international soft drinks company.

Prior to Britvic Wilson had a successful career at Tesco where she gained extensive experience both in the UK and internationally in a variety of financial and commercial roles. 

These included Chief Financial Officer of dunnhumby, a global leader in customer data science that is part of the Tesco group. 

Wilson began her career at KPMG, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and spent three years in Hong Kong. 

She is currently a non-executive director of Informa, and she is the chair of Britvic’s ESG Committee.

It is expected that Wilson will join WPP in the first half of 2023, the media company said. 

To ensure a smooth transition, Rogers will remain available until later next year.

Rogers has made a significant contribution to WPP in his three years in the role, has successfully led the first important stages of its transformation programme and is now looking to pursue broader executive opportunities outside the company. 

The Board has agreed that he will step down as Chief Financial Officer and as an Executive Director of the Board following the finalisation of the 2022 Annual Report & Accounts next year.

Mark Read, Chief Executive Officer of WPP, said: “I would like to thank John for his leadership and for his contribution to WPP over the last three years. 

“During that time he has led the reorganisation of our finance function, helped the company navigate the financial challenges of the pandemic and laid the foundation for our transformation programme. 

“He leaves WPP with our best wishes for the future.

“Joanne is a highly regarded CFO and leader. Beyond her financial credentials, her extensive experience in data, retail and ESG is especially valuable given their importance to our business and our client base. 

“We look forward to welcoming her to WPP next year.”

Rogers said: “It has been a privilege to work alongside Mark, the Board and the executive team to deliver our transformation plan and growth strategy, and I am very proud of what we have achieved together over the last three years.

“With WPP well positioned for ongoing success, and as the company enters the next phase of its transformation, I feel now is the right time to move on to new challenges and to begin a smooth transition to a new CFO. 

“I look forward to working with Joanne on the handover next year.”

Wilson said: “I am delighted to be joining Mark and the team as they continue on their journey to make WPP the most creative company globally. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to working with the wider WPP team to continue to successfully execute the growth strategy and deliver the company’s transformation programme.”