WPP has named Jane Geraghty chief client officer, succeeding Lindsay Pattison who the holding company said last month was shifting to the role of chief people officer. Both appointments are effective January 1, 2024.
Based in New York, Geraghty will be responsible for leading WPP’s key client relationships and overseeing the company’s global client leaders.
She is currently CEO of Landor & Fitch, the specialist brand and design consultancy that is also part of WPP. She will remain a board member of L&F as executive chairman.
Geraghty has been with L&F for 12+ years and was named CEO in 2017. She brings nearly 30 years of marketing, brand and communications experience, having worked on both sides of the Atlantic in advertising and marketing services companies including Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Erickson and Ogilvy New York. She has also worked in broadcast as content development director at ITV and, immediately before joining Landor, she led the London office of communications consultancy Naked.
At Landor, she is credited with growing the business by 50% since her appointment as CEO six years ago, leading numerous M&A deals including bringing together Landor and Fitch.
This year she will co-chair the Reykjavik Global Forum for Women Leaders alongside the Prime Minister of Iceland. She was named in the HERoes Women Role Model Top 100 in 2023 and is the executive sponsor of the UK chapter of Unite, WPP’s grassroots LGBTQ+ community.
Christian Schroeder will be joining Landor & Fitch in the newly created role of global president, to head the global leadership team and take day-to-day responsibility for the network, reporting to Geraghty. The move marks a return to Landor & Fitch for Schroeder, who initially joined Landor 24 years ago. He subsequently led Lambie-Nairn as CEO. Since 2011, he has been part of WPP’s global client leaders team.