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

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Johnny Hornby’s Biography

Johnny Hornby began his career at advertising agencies including Ogilvy, CDP and TBWA before setting up Clemmow Hornby Inge (CHI) in 2001.

Rebranded in 2013 and backed by WPP, The&Partnership (as a full-service agency) has grown organically by an average of 23% per annum over the last five years.

It attributes this rapid expansion to the success of its in-sourced ‘&Model’ agencies, with multi-disciplined, dedicated teams working alongside clients’ marketing departments to a single bottom line; delivering data-driven innovative work to fit new marketing agendas.

The&Partnership was one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Innovative Companies’ in 2020, has been named winner of Campaign’s Best Places to Work in 2022 and its clients include Mars, The Coca Cola Company, Toyota, EA Games, News Corp, Natwest Group, TELUS, Centrica, Aon and TalkTalk.

Johnny is also a co-founder (with Jeremy Clarkson) of Hawkstone - a lager and cider brand which launched in 2021 and rapidly became a best seller on Amazon.
Johnny Hornby began his career at advertising agencies including Ogilvy, CDP and TBWA before setting up Clemmow Hornby Inge (CHI) in 2001.

Rebranded in 2013 and backed by WPP, The&Partnership (as a full-service agency) has grown organically by an average of 23% per annum over the last five years.

It attributes this rapid expansion to the success of its in-sourced ‘&Model’ agencies, with multi-disciplined, dedicated teams working alongside clients’ marketing departments to a single bottom line; delivering data-driven innovative work to fit new marketing agendas.

The&Partnership was one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Innovative Companies’ in 2020, has been named winner of Campaign’s Best Places to Work in 2022 and its clients include Mars, The Coca Cola Company, Toyota, EA Games, News Corp, Natwest Group, TELUS, Centrica, Aon and TalkTalk.

Johnny is also a co-founder (with Jeremy Clarkson) of Hawkstone - a lager and cider brand which launched in 2021 and rapidly became a best seller on Amazon.

Johnny Hornby’s Newsfeed

The Times
A digital skills crisis is brewing among our young people

Johnny Hornby, founder, global chief executive and chairman of The&Partnership, wrote an opinion piece for The Times.

Pupils leaving school without essential future job skills

Founder and Chairman of The&Partnership, Johnny Hornby, said that the focus of The&Academy was to equip the next generation with vital skills including data, tech and digital.

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Johnny Hornby’s Background

The&Partnership
Founder, CEO & Chairman of The&Partnership and WPP Global Council Member
Nov 2013 - Present
The&Partnership is the UK’s largest and Europe’s fastest-growing independent agency network, 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
London, UK
Founded in 2001 as CHI & Partners, the agency rebranded in 2018 as The&Partnership and aims to bring creativity, data and technology together in exciting, new and effective ways.
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Other Business Interests

Hawkstone
Co-founder
2021 - Present
Bourton-on-the-Water, UK
Hawkstone is an English lager and cider brand created in 2021. Johnny Hornby co-founded the company with TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

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.

Philanthropy

Sentebale
Chairman
Mar 2011 - Present
London, UK
Founded in 2006 by The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, Sentebale is a charity that supports vulnerable children from Botswana and Lesotho, helping them to lead productive and healthy lives. Johnny has been a Trustee since 2011 and became Chairman in 2018.
English Heritage Foundation
Trustee
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.

Media

The City View podcast
Interviewee
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

Memberships

WSJ CEO Council
Member
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
2020
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Johnny Hornby’s Education