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Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Talent Officer
Philippe Krakowsky is Interpublic Group’s (NYSE: IPG) Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Talent Officer. In this capacity, he partners with the company’s CEO to define strategy for the group and with agency leadership to implement the company’s strategic initiatives. Philippe also has oversight of vital areas such as talent management, training and development, and compensation benefits.
During recent years, Philippe has played a key role in major strategic actions at the company, including: the creation of Mediabrands, where he serves as Chairman; oversight of developing digital and emerging media capabilities across the group; and leadership of the company’s Healthcare Council, which includes the CEOs of the company’s major healthcare marketing agencies. Philippe is also responsible for designing many of the integrated, cross-agency client teams that have become a hallmark of Interpublic’s recent success; sits on the board of a number of our companies, including Huge and O’Keefe Reinhardt & Paul; regularly mentors early stage companies as part of the R/GA Accelerator program; and served as interim CEO of FCB for six months prior to the arrival of its current leader. His group also manages business development and communications for IPG, as well as the company’s industry-leading diversity and inclusion activities.
Krakowsky has extensive experience devising strategies and building brands. Prior to joining IPG, he played a leading role in articulating and differentiating Young & Rubicam with all external and internal audiences during its transformation from a private to a public company. Previously, he led the positioning and all communications efforts for BBDO when that agency carved out a niche as one of advertising’s premier global creative networks.
Originally from Mexico, Philippe holds an AB from Harvard University. He started his career as an entrepreneur in the technology industry, as part of the team that built and ultimately sold an artificial intelligence software company to Apple Computer. He moved into advertising at the heralded New York creative boutique Levine, Huntley, Schmidt and Beaver. In 1999, he was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s “Hall of Achievement,” the premier U.S. industry honor for marketing services professionals under age 40.
Krakowsky is a member of the Board of Directors of The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Advisory Council of the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development.