The MT Interview: Sir Martin Sorrell

FROM THE ARCHIVE: WPP's founder has confounded critics for decades, as this long read explored in 2003.

by Matthew Lynn

Martin Sorrell has finally stepped down from WPP. As this 2003 profile reveals, he successfully transitioned from bean counter to entrepreneur to corporate mega-manager, becoming the FTSE 100's longest-serving - and usually best remunerated - CEO.

You'd expect the enduring head of WPP, the world's biggest communication services agency, to influence his peers. But he has far more clout than that - he's listened to as an oracle at Davos. So where are we headed, Sir Martin? When will the gloom lift?

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