Founder beta baboon & Former Deputy Chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide
Richard, a Cambridge University law graduate, is responsible for Saatchi & Saatchi’s global strategy and programme of continuous transformation. He joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2003 as Chairman & CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa, having graduated as a Sloan Fellow from London Business School. Prior to that, Richard had been UK CEO & Chairman of Publicis and Chairman of WPP’s The Henley Centre.
He was appointed an Executive Fellow of London Business School’s Marketing Faculty in 2007.
Richard speaks regularly to clients, conferences and business school classes around the world on Lovemarks, the future beyond brands; driving customer focus; discovering entrepreneurial opportunities; leading strategic transformation; and creativity.
Recent appearances have been for MBA and executive education programmes at London Business School, IESE, The Judge, and Columbia, as well as for the Prudential, Zurich Financial Services, Santander Corporate Banking, Nordea Bank, the NHS, Addleshaw Goddard, Eversheds and pwc, with whom he has been collaborating for over 4 years.
Richard is chairman of Planting Promise, a sustainable educational enterprise in Sierra Leone; a founder trustee of Professor Michael Hay’s Business Bridge Initiative that provides business education to aspiring entrepreneurs around the world otherwise unable to afford it; and chairman of the British Heart Foundation’s £50 million Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.
Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government
Former CEO of Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Chief Executive of Ofcom
Founder, The Lighthouse Company
Peer & Former Cabinet Minister
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