Mark Read joins the board of directors of the Natural History Museum

Lord Green, Chairman of the Natural History Museum Trustees, said: “Mark Read brings extensive experience across the business, digital and communications industries and his expertise will be invaluable as we continue to develop and strengthen our technology capabilities and business ventures.

“Commercial revenue helps support the pioneering research of the Museum’s 350 scientists, care for our internationally significant collections, and advance our mission to create Earth Defenders and build a world in which people and society planet can prosper.”

Mark Read is CEO of WPP, one of the world’s leading marketing and communications companies, having held several leadership positions since joining in 1989.

As Chief Strategy Officer and then CEO of WPP Digital, Mark was responsible for many of WPP’s early steps into technology. In 2015, he became global CEO of Wunderman, which he grew into a leading creative, data and technology agency. Earlier in his career, Mark co-founded internet start-up WebRewards and specialized in media and marketing as a principal at consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton.

Mark was recognized as a HEROes Champion of Women in Business for the fourth consecutive year in 2021 and was named #1 in the 2022 Empower Advocates list which recognizes leaders who create diverse and inclusive business environments. He was voted the most influential person in the industry in 2019 in Econsultancy’s Top 100 Digital Agencies report and in 2021 he was awarded IPA Membership for his outstanding service to the industry in the IPA New Year’s Honors.

Mark Read says:As communities, businesses and governments work together to solve the climate crisis, people want to understand the impact of their lifestyle choices on the world around them. The marketing, technology and creative industries have shown how impactful communications and innovative business models can help shift opinions, change behaviors and create consumer demand. I am honored to join the Natural History Museum Board of Trustees as the organization maximizes its business partnerships and leverages the latest technologies to educate society and inspire the next generation.

The new appointee joins the other current members of the Board: Chairman – The Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint; Lady Frances Cairncross DBE FRSE; Hilary Newiss; Robert Noel; Simon Patterson; Prof Sir Stephen Sparks CBE FRS; Prof Dame Janet Thornton DBE FRS; Professor Yadvinder Malhi CBE; Harris Bokhari OBE; and Dr. Sarah E. Thomas. Sir Patrick Vallance will succeed Lord Stephen Green as Chairman of the Board. Patrick is expected to join the board in October 2022 as President-Elect and take over as President in early 2023.


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About the Natural History Museum

the Natural History Museum is both a world-renowned scientific research center and the most visited indoor attraction in the UK last year. With a vision of a future in which people and the planet thrive, he is uniquely positioned to be a powerful champion for balancing the needs of humanity with those of the natural world.

It is the custodian of one of the world’s largest scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens accessed by researchers around the world both in person and through over 30 billion digital data downloads to date. The Museum’s 350 scientists are finding solutions to the planetary emergency, from the loss of biodiversity to the sustainable extraction of natural resources.

The Museum uses its global reach and influence to fulfill its mission to create Earth Defenders – to inform, inspire and empower everyone to make a difference for nature. We welcome millions of visitors through our doors each year, our website received 17 million visits last year and our traveling exhibitions have been viewed by approximately 20 million people over the past 10 years.