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Philippa Brown

Chief Executive Officer

PHD Worldwide

London, UK

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Philippa Brown’s Biography

Philippa Brown is a visionary leader, currently at the helm of PHD Worldwide as Chief Executive Officer.

Philippa has been instrumental in the transformation of PHD as a reputable global media agency network. Philippa’s experience and knowledge of media, marketing and communications has made her one of the most respected individuals in the industry.

She continues to build on her major successes and in her current role, is focused on creating ideas that go beyond expectations; ideas that enable brands to move beyond incremental improvements and make the leap above their competitors.

Leader and innovator, Philippa oversees the management of PHD’s global network which consists of more than 6,000 staff across 100 offices worldwide, ensuring employee welfare is front and centre.

Prior to her role at PHD Worldwide, Philippa was Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom Media Group UK. During her 12-year tenure, Philippa proved invaluable in leading the business forward and implementing growth which resulted in over 1,700 employees, servicing 250 clients, with billings of £1.5bn. Before joining Omnicom, Philippa worked at IPC Media (Time Inc.), Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH London) and DMB&B.

In addition, Philippa is Chair of the Advertising Association, Media Lions Jury President for Cannes Lions and a Trustee of the Breast Cancer Charity Future Dreams.

Philippa’s Newsfeed

Campaign US
Behind the scenes: Media Lions Jury Chairman Philippa Brown talks about this year’s entries

Philippa Brown, CEO of PHD Worldwide, is mentioned in an article by Campaign Magazine regarding this year’s Media Lions shortlist.

Campaign Agency of the Year Awards Review 2020

Philippa Brown, CEO of PHD Worldwide, was recognised as Agency Leader of the Year 2020 by Campaign's Agency of the Year Awards. The judges praised her performance, leadership skills, creativity and culture building. They said: "She should create a master class on how to run a successful global agency network.” 

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Philippa’s Background

PHD Worldwide
Chief Executive Officer
Jul 2019 - Present
London, UK
PHD is a growth-obsessed agency that believes in the remarkable power of imagination. Founded in 1990 as the first media agency to offer strategic and creative planning, PHD has been helping clients achieve disproportionate growth. With over 100 offices in 74 countries, PHD remains in the business of growth, with a challenger mindset and focus on creativity that permeates everything it does.
Omnicom Media Group
Chief Executive Officer
Jul 2007 - Jul 2019
London, UK
Omnicom Media Group is a leading media network group. The company adopts a dynamic, client-centric approach, to deliver the most creative and innovative solutions, to lead their clients into the future.
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Philippa’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Advertising Association
London, UK
The Advertising Association is an organisation that represents and upholds the role, rights, and responsibilities of the advertising industry in the UK, and monitors its impact on the economy and society.
Cannes Lions
Media Lions Jury President
2020 - 2021
Cannes, FR
Established in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a five-day event for all those in the creative marketing community. The prestigious creative awards recognises leaders and innovators within the industry. The Media Lions Award celebrates the context of creativity.
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Campaign TV
Mar 2017
London, UK
Philippa Brown encourages women to step out of their comfort zone, inspiring them to take on leadership roles and reach their full potential.

Awards & Endorsements

Cannes Lions
Winner, Media Network of the Festival 2020 & 2021
PHD has been crowned Cannes Lions’ Media Network of the Festival covering the last two years’ worth of work, due to the 2020 Festival’s cancellation. Along with the top accolade, PHD was also awarded five Media Lions – two Gold and three Bronze – for their work with Volkswagen and HSBC.
Campaign Agency of the Year Awards
Agency Leader of the Year
London, UK
Philippa Brown was awarded Agency Leader of the Year by Campaign’s 2020 Global Agency of the Year Awards.
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Speaking Engagements

May 2018
London, UK
Philippa Brown speaks about market research conducted on budget and profit planning in the advertising & marketing industry, also expanding on the implications that has for agencies and advertisers.

Charitable Interests

Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity
London, UK
Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity raises funds to help women in their fight against breast cancer. The charity was founded by mother and daughter, Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie, in 2008 with the aim of funding further research into the disease.

Philippa’s Education

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Babson College
2008 - 2009
University of Manchester
Bachelor of Arts Honours Accountancy & Economics
1984 - 1987

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