Philip Lader

Ambassador Philip Lader

Philip Lader — the former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s and Chairman of WPP plc (including J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam, Grey Global, Burson-Marsteller, and Hill & Knowlton, with 205,000 people in 3,000+ offices in 114 countries) — is a Senior Adviser to Morgan Stanley.

Ambassador Lader served in President Clinton’s Cabinet while Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and was White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Assistant to the President, and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Sir James Goldsmith’s U.S. holdings and President of Sea Pines Company as well as universities in South Carolina and Australia.

A trustee of the RAND Corporation and an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and London Business School, an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple (Inns of Court), and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has served on the boards of Lloyds of London, the American Red Cross, the British Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Atlantic Council, AMC Theaters, Marathon Oil, AES, Minerva and Rusal Corporations, as well as several banks and universities. He has also been a partner in the Nelson Mullins law firm and President of Business Executives for National Security.

His education includes Duke University, the University of Michigan, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School; and he has been awarded honorary doctorates by 14 universities, Rotary International's 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award, and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures & Commerce's 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal.