Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, IPG
On October 21, 2020, IPG announced that Philippe Krakowsky will become Chief Executive Officer of IPG on January 1, 2021, succeeding long-time CEO Michael Roth who will become Executive Chairman of IPG.
Currently, Philippe Krakowsky is Interpublic’s Chief Operating Officer. Philippe works with Chairman and CEO Michael Roth to manage business operations across Interpublic. Philippe is also the Chairman of Mediabrands and oversees IPG’s independent companies Acxiom, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, Huge, and R/GA.
During his long tenure at IPG, Philippe served as Chief Strategy and Talent Officer. He continues to hold the Chief Strategy Officer role. Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Philippe also held the role of CEO of Mediabrands, leading the 10,500-person unit that oversees marketing investment for many of the world’s most iconic brands. In that role, he strengthened the group’s leadership position in digital and data-driven marketing and increased its collaboration across the IPG network.
Since joining IPG in 2002, Philippe has implemented major strategic actions that have helped us become an industry leader. These include the decision to embed digital and emerging media capabilities across the group’s portfolio, and the creation of both Mediabrands and IPG’s Healthcare Council, which he chairs. In 2018, Philippe was the key architect of IPG’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Acxiom, the data and solutions company that has developed one of the world’s most extensive consumer data assets and that is just as importantly known for its leadership in data privacy and data ethics.
Additionally, Philippe is responsible for designing many of the integrated, cross-agency client teams that have become a hallmark of Interpublic’s success and oversees talent management, training and development, benefits and IPG’s industry-leading D&I initiatives. He has served on the boards of several IPG companies, including Huge and the IPG-backed O’Keefe Reinhard & Paul; he mentors start-ups as part of R/GA’s Accelerator; and he served as interim CEO of FCB for much of 2013, during the agency’s leadership transition. He also oversees IPG’s business development and corporate communications functions.
Prior to IPG, Philippe led the differentiation of Young & Rubicam in the marketplace during its transformation to a public company. Previously, he led the positioning for BBDO when that agency carved out a niche as one of advertising’s premier global creative networks.
Originally from Mexico, Philippe holds an A.B. from Harvard University. He started his career as part of the team that built and ultimately sold an artificial intelligence software company to Apple Computer. He’s been inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement, the premier honor for marketing services professionals under age 40.