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Johnny Hornby

Founder, CEO & Chairman of The&Partnership and WPP Global Council Member


London, UK

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Johnny Hornby’s Biography

Johnny Hornby is the Founder, CEO & Chairman of The&Partnership and a WPP Global Council Member. The&Partnership is an international, new-model agency network built for today’s complex industry landscape, backed by WPP.

Founded in 2013 and spanning all marketing disciplines, The&Partnership last year grew to become Europe’s fastest-growing independent agency network and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies. It attributes this rapid expansion to the success of its in-sourced ‘&Model’ agencies, with multi-disciplined, dedicated teams working alongside clients’ marketing departments in new, nimble ways to a single bottom line.

These multi-disciplined ‘&Model’ agencies are operational and driving strong results for clients globally including Mars, Toyota, Lexus, News UK, The Wall Street Journal, NatWest, Aon and TELUS.

In 2018, Johnny became Chairman of Sentebale, a charity co-founded by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, to provide care and support for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa.

Johnny Hornby’s Newsfeed

Evening Standard
HSBC joins Goldman and Barclays in halting back to the office plans after Boris Johnson speech

Bosses across London were deliberating over whether to shut offices again. Advertising chief Johnny Hornby, who runs The & Partnership, told the Standard: "Clearly having made our offices Covid secure and spent this month developing ways to bring out teams back in to the office - on average two to three days a week or at 30 percent capacity overall this now obviously feels like a setback."

Evening Standard
Soho’s status as the ‘beating heart’ of London at risk as offices remain closed after lockdown

Johnny Hornby, co-founder of advertising group The & Partnership and chairman of Prince Harry’s Sentebale charity argues that the Covid crisis has accelerated the trend away from creative towards corporate businesses in the area.

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Johnny Hornby’s Background

Founder, CEO & Chairman of The&Partnership and WPP Global Council Member
Nov 2013 - Present
The&Partnership is both the UK’s largest and Europe’s fastest-growing independent agency network, increasingly known for its innovative in-sourced model. Backed by WPP and spanning four continents, with 1,500 staff, the multi-disciplined agency group saw record growth last year, expanding across 17 new European markets and doubling in size against a challenging industry backdrop.
The&Partnership London (formerly CHI&Partners)
Founding Partner
Jan 2001 - Present
The&Partnership London is a future-focused creative agency whose mission is to bring together creativity, technology and data in new, exciting and effective ways. Originally founded in 2001 as CHI, the agency rebranded in 2018 as The&Partnership London, underlining its position as the beating creative and strategic heart of The&Partnership’s cross-discipline network of agencies.
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Current Board Positions

Simplify Digital
Board Member
Aug 2013 - Present
London, UK
Simplifydigital is a free digital TV, broadband and home phone Switching Service. It owns and operates the UK’s largest and fastest growing “triple play” comparison sales platform.
Marlborough College
Council Member
2006 - Present
Marlborough, UK
Marlborough College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Wiltshire, England. It was founded in 1843 for the sons of Church of England clergy.


Mar 2011 - Present
London, UK
Sentebale is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in 2006 following Prince Harry’s gap year to Lesotho in 2004. Sentebale help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho and Botswana get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Johnny has been a member of the board of trustees since 2011, and was asked to be Chairman in March 2018.
English Heritage Foundation
Jul 2011 - Present
London, UK
English Heritage is a charity which cares for palaces, houses, hill figures, abbeys, castles and industrial sites across England. Looking after these buildings, places and their collections for the benefit of this, and future generations, is a cornerstone of their belief.


The City View podcast
May 2020
The City View podcast from City A.M., with Johnny Hornby, chairman and CEO of The&Partnership, and one of the most influential men in advertising


WSJ CEO Council
New York, NY, USA
The WSJ CEO Council is a network of the world’s most influential business leaders driving the next era of industry, policy and the global economy.

Awards & Endorsements

Campaign Agency of the Year Award
Winner of Silver Award for Best Integrated Marketing Agency
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Johnny Hornby’s Education