Philip Lader

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"Philip Lader, former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, is Chairman of WPP Group plc (including J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather, Grey Global, Burson-Marsteller, and Hill & Knowlton, with 158,000 people in 2,400 offices in 108 countries), a Senior Adviser to Morgan Stanley, and a partner in the Nelson Mullins law firm. He is Vice Chairman of RAND Corporation and serves on the boards of WPP, Marathon Oil, RusAl and AES Corporations, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and The Atlantic Council.

"Ambassador Lader served in President Clinton’s Cabinet as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and was White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Assistant to the President, and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Sir James Goldsmith’s U.S. holdings and was President of Sea Pines Company and universities in South Carolina and Australia.

"An Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and London Business School, an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he was President of Business Executives for National Security and served on the boards of Lloyds of London, the American Red Cross, the British Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, and several banks and universities. His education includes Duke University, The University of Michigan, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School, and he has been awarded honorary doctorates by 14 universities, Rotary International's 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award, and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures & Commerce's 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal." [1]

He is married to Linda LeSourd Lader.


Other Notes

Lader was appointed as non-executive chairman of WPP in 2001. Forbes reports that Lader earned £200,000 in the year to December 2003 for the position.[1]

He was a Democratic candidate for Governor of South Carolina in 1986.[2]

Sea Pines is "a developer and operator of award-winning recreation communities, including Hilton Head Island, Amelia Island and Kiawah Island".[3]

Between 1991 and 1993 he was president of the controversial first private university in Australia, Bond University.[4]

Lader was appointed by President Bill Clinton US Ambassador to Britain (formally known as Ambassador to the Court of St James's) where he served from 1997 to 2001.

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  1. Founders, organizational web page, accessed May 7, 2012.
  2. British American Project Advisory Board organizational web page, accessed May 14, 2013.
  3. Council of Advisors Board, RAND Europe, accessed June 29, 2015.
  4. FIRST Magazine Senior Advisors, organizational web page, accessed February 29, 2016.

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