The Board has determined that Tom llube will be an independent Non-Executive Director, in accordance with the UK Corporate Governance Code, and the appointment is in immediate effect.
A technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist, Tom llube is the founder and CEO of AIM-listed Crossword Cybersecurity, a technology commercialisation company and has previously founded several other technology start-ups. As a Non-Executive Director of the BBC, he serves on the audit and risk committee and chairs the fair-trading committee. He is also responsible for protected disclosures across the BBC, chairs the diversity and inclusion advisory group, and recently supported the appointment process for the new Director-General.
From 2010 to 2014, Tom was Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity-backed UK credit reference agency. Whilst at Callcredit, Tom founded Noddle, a credit reporting service that was acquired by US-based Credit Karma in 2018. Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011.
Commenting on the appointment, Roberto Quarta, Chairman of WPP, said “We are delighted to welcome Tom to the Board of WPP. He brings tremendous depth and breadth of experience across the worlds of technology, business, media, entrepreneurship, education and philanthropy, and we look forward to his contribution as the Company continues its transformation.”
Tom Ilube said, “Under its new management team, WPP has become a leader not only in creative services but also the provision of technology solutions for clients, so it’s an exciting time to join the Company. I look forward to working with the Board and executive leadership as WPP evolves its offer and delivers its strategy to grow the business, and to contribute to discussions around diversity at the Company and across the industry.”