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Philip Lader : biography

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Philip Lader (born 17 March 1946) was the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's (1997–2001) and since 2001 has been chairman of WPP Group plc, the global media and communications firm that includes Ogilvy & Mather, J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Grey, Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marseller, Kantar & Group M (with 158,000 people in 2,500 offices in 107 countries).

As a Senior Adviser to Morgan Stanley, he has served on the investment committees of its global real estate and infrastructure funds, as well as the boards of its Russia bank ad several of its private equity portfolio companies (including Songbird plc-Canary Wharf and Executive Offices Group). He was a member of the board of Lloyd's of London (2004–11) (the international insurance market), a director of Marathon Oil, UC Rusal (the world's largest aluminum producer), and AES (the global power company), and a trustee (formerly Vice Chairman) of RAND Corporation, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, The Atlantic Council, and the Salzburg Global Seminar. He is an adviser to [Palantir Technologies], the Silicon Valley "big data" software firm, and formerly was a director of Duck Creek Technologies, the insurance industry software developer, before its 2011 sale to Accenture.

In 1981 he and his wife, Linda LeSourd Lader, founded Renaissance Weekends, the non-partisan family retreats that seek to build bridges between innovative leaders from diverse fields. They continue to host four Renaissance Weekends each year around the U.S.


After law school, Lader was a law clerk to the late Judge Paul Roney, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (formerly Fifth Circuit).

Lader was the president of South Carolina's Winthrop University 1983–85 and, in 1986, was a candidate in the Democratic primary for the gubernatorial election in South Carolina. He served as president and vice-chancellor of Australia's first private university, Bond University, 1991–1993.Bond University (2008). . Retrieved April 28, 2008.

Before entering government service, he was executive vice president of Sir James Goldsmith's U.S. holdings - which included America's then-largest private landholdings, sixth-largest forest products company, largest computer supplies supplier, and oil and gas interests - and president of Sea Pines Company, a developer/operator of recreation communities including Hilton Head Island.

Under President Clinton, Lader initially served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management & Budget. In December 1993, when he became White House Deputy Chief of Staff, The New York Times described him as "a longtime friend" of Clinton's.

Confirmed by the U.S. Senate three times without dissent, Lader served in President Clinton's Cabinet while Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In addition to his role as chairman of WPP Group and a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley, Lader is a partner at Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, a South Carolina law firm.

Lader is an Honorary Fellow of London Business School and Oxford University's Pembroke College, an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple (British Inns of Court), a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Harvard Law School's Visiting Committee, Yale Divinity School's Board of Visitors, and Columbia University's International Advisory Board. He previously was a trustee of the British Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral Foundation, a director of the American Red Cross, president of Business Executives for National Security, chairman of the Royal Academy of Arts American Trust, and a member of the founding council of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. In South Carolina, he is a trustee of Middleton Place Foundation and Liberty Fellows and was chairman of the South Carolina Small & Minority Business Council, a trustee of South Carolina State Colleges, and a director of the South Carolina Jobs/Economic Development Authority and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

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