Philip Lader

Philip Lader served as the US Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s from 1997-2001. He is non-executive Chairman of WPP Group, the worldwide advertising and communications firm, which includes J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather, Grey Global, Burson-Marsteller and Hill & Knowlton.

Ambassador Lader is also a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley, a member of the Investment Committee of its global real estate and infrastructure funds, and a partner in Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough. He serves on the Boards of Lloyd’s of London, RAND, Rusal, Marathon Oil, and AES Corporations Songbird plc (Canary Wharf), the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Atlantic Council, and the British-American Business Advisory Council.

He served in the President’s Cabinet as Administrator of the US Small Business Administration and previously was White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President. Formerly, as Deputy Director for Management of the President’s Office of Management and Budget, he focused on major financial management and procurement reforms and significant reductions in the govern-ment work force. Before entering government service, he had been President of Sea Pines Company and Executive Vice President of the late Sir James Goldsmith’s US holding company. Ambassador Lader, who has been President of universities in South Carolina and Australia, founded Renaissance Weekends, the family retreats for innovative leaders in diverse fields, in 1981.

He is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University and London Business School, an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Chief Executives Organization, among others. He was a candidate for Governor of South Carolina in 1986. He also served as the John West Professor of International Studies at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, and served on the boards of the British Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the American Red Cross and the Prince of Wales Trust. His education includes Duke University (Phi Beta Kappa), The University of Michigan (M.A., History), graduate studies in law at Oxford University, and Harvard Law School (J.D.). He has been awarded honorary doctorates by 14 American and British universities and colleges and received the 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce for his contributions to trans-Atlantic relations and Rotary International Foundation’s 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

United Kingdom, (1997 - 2001)

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