In his new role, Simon Dingemans will serve as a member of the Audit Committee upon joining the Board at WPP while helping the company in its journey of growth and expansion.
WPP today announced the appointment of Simon Dingemans to its Board as a Non-Executive Director, with immediate effect. Simon is a Senior Advisor at the global investment firm The Carlyle Group, with a focus on the healthcare sector as well as investment opportunities in the UK.
Prior to joining Carlyle, Simon was Chief Financial Officer of GlaxoSmithKline plc and a member of the main board from 2011 to 2019, where he drove extensive restructuring and change programs that delivered significant financial and operational efficiencies. He also led a number of significant strategic transactions. As CFO, he was responsible for leading Finance and a variety of other functions including Procurement, Real Estate, and Technology, including Cyber Security.
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Before GSK, Simon worked in investment banking for 25 years at SG Warburg and then Goldman Sachs, where he was Managing Director and Partner for 10 years as a leader of their European M&A business and Head of UK Investment Banking. Simon served as Non-Executive Chair of the Financial Reporting Council in 2019/20. He previously also served as Chairman of the 100 Group which represents the views of Finance Directors in the FTSE 100 and a number of large UK private companies.
Commenting on the appointment, Roberto Quarta, Chairman, WPP, said, “We are delighted to welcome Simon to WPP. His insight from a varied and distinguished career, combining both operational and financial experience, will be invaluable to the Board as WPP continues its transformation and strategic progress.”
Simon, commented, “WPP is the global leader in its sector with a clear strategy for continued success and value-creation. I am very much looking forward to being part of the transformation journey and supporting the future growth of the company.”