Philip Lader

Philip Lader

Non-executive Chairman in WWP Group

Mr, Philip Lader is former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, is non-executive Chairman of WPP Group, the worldwide advertising/communications firm which includes J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather, Grey Global, Burson-Marsteller, and Hill & Knowlton, with 92,000 people and 2,000 offices in 106 countries.  He is also a Senior Adviser to Morgan Stanley, a director of Lloyd’s of London, Marathon Oil and AES Corporations, and WPP Group plc, and a trustee of RAND Corporation, the British Museum, The Salzburg Seminar, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Also a partner in his home state’s oldest and largest law firm, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (with 350 lawyers in offices throughout the Carolinas and in Atlanta, Boston, and Washington, DC), the South Carolinian served in President Clinton’s Cabinet, and as White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Assistant to the President, Deputy Director of the President’s Office of Management and Budget, and Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Before entering government service, Ambassador Lader had been President of Sea Pines Company (developer/operator of award-winning large-scale recreation communities) and Executive Vice President of the late Sir James Goldsmith’s U.S. holding company (including America’s largest private landholdings, sixth-largest forest products company, largest computer supplies distributor, and oil and gas interests).  Lader, who has been President of universities in South Carolina and Australia, founded Renaissance Weekends, the family retreats for innovative leaders in diverse fields, in 1981.  He is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and London Business School, an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of Advisory Boards of Harvard Law School, Yale Divinity School, Columbia University, and Duke University’s Public Policy Institute.  He formerly was President of Business Executives for National Security, a director of the American Red Cross and several banks, and was a candidate for Governor of South Carolina in 1986.

Ambassador Lader’s education includes Duke University (Phi Beta Kappa), The University of Michigan (M.A., History), graduate law studies at Oxford University, and Harvard Law School (J.D.), and he has been awarded honorary doctorates by 14 universities.  The Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures & Commerce awarded him its 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal for his contributions to trans-Atlantic relations.

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