WPP appoints John Rogers as CFO

MUMBAI: Advertising behemoth WPP has appointed John Rogers as CFO. He will join WPP early next year when he will also become a member of the board. He succeeds group finance director Paul Richardson, who as previously announced is retiring from the company.

Rogers is currently Sainsbury’s Argos CEO, where he has overseen the digital transformation of one of the UK’s leading technology-driven businesses. Today around 65% of the company’s sales are online, via the UK’s third most visited retail website.

He has worked in India, China, Japan, South Africa and the US and throughout Europe. He is a member of the Sainsbury’s Bank plc board, a non-executive director of Travis Perkins and a member of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Advisory Council. He also sits on the Retail Sector Council, which acts as a point of liaison between the UK Government and retail sector.

WPP CEO Mark Read said, “John is not only an accomplished CFO but also a leader with extensive experience of business transformation. His priority will be to lead a finance function that best fosters investment in creativity, technology and talent in support of WPP’s new strategy for growth. I would like to thank Paul for his tremendous contribution over more than two decades with the company, and for his part in making WPP the world leader it is today.”

Rogers said, “I am really excited to be joining WPP as it embarks on the next stage of its evolution. As a technology-driven business with creativity at its heart, joining WPP was an opportunity impossible to resist and I look forward to playing my part in helping the business deliver its new strategy.”

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