Philip Lader

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Philip Lader
United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
In office
September 22, 1997 – February 28, 2001
President Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded by William Crowe
Succeeded by William Farish
19th Administrator of the Small Business Administration
In office
October 8, 1994 – February 18, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Erskine Bowles
Succeeded by Aída Álvarez
Personal details
Born (1946-03-17) March 17, 1946 (age 69)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Linda LeSourd
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater Duke University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Pembroke College, Oxford
Harvard University

Philip Lader (born 17 March 1946) was the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's (1997–2001) and since 2001 has been chairman of WPP Group plc, the global media and communications firm that includes Ogilvy & Mather, J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Grey, Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marseller, Kantar & Group M (with 162,000 people in 3,000 offices across 110 countries)[1]

As a Senior Adviser to Morgan Stanley, he has served on the investment committees of its global real estate and infrastructure funds, as well as the boards of its Russia bank ad several of its private equity portfolio companies (including Songbird plc-Canary Wharf and Executive Offices Group). He was a member of the board of Lloyd's of London (2004–11) (the international insurance market), a director of Marathon Oil, UC Rusal (the world's largest aluminum producer), and AES (the global power company), and a trustee (formerly Vice Chairman) of RAND Corporation, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, The Atlantic Council, and the Salzburg Global Seminar. He is an adviser to Palantir Technologies, the Silicon Valley "big data" software firm, and formerly was a director of Duck Creek Technologies, the insurance industry software developer, before its 2011 sale to Accenture.

In 1981 he and his wife, Linda LeSourd Lader, founded Renaissance Weekends, the non-partisan family retreats that seek to build bridges between innovative leaders from diverse fields. They continue to host four Renaissance Weekends each year around the U.S.

Education and personal life[edit]

Lader graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University, received the M.A. in History from the University of Michigan, completed graduate law studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University, and received the J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was the West Professor of International Studies at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and was chairman of the Board of Visitors of Duke University's Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

He is married to Linda LeSourd Lader. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, a Fellow at its Center for Faith & Culture, and president of the Renaissance Institute, she assisted President Clinton in his outreach to the nation's communities of faith[clarification needed] and, prior to ordination in the Presbyterian Church, is engaged in a Washington, D.C., ministry. She has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity International, Communities in Schools, International Justice Mission, Harvard University's Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, Spoleto Festival USA, and other education and religious groups. Ambassador and Mrs. Lader's two daughters, Mary-Catherine Lader and Whitaker Lader, are, respectively, a renewable energy investment analyst with Goldman Sachs and a student at Brown University.[citation needed] In 2000, a minor diplomatic incident occurred when Tatler magazine published an article by then 15 year old Mary-Catherine where she argued that British boys were inferior to their American counterparts, which led to a controversy between the ambassador and the magazine.[2] The family's permanent residence is Charleston, South Carolina.[citation needed]


After law school, Lader was a law clerk to the late Judge Paul Roney, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (formerly Fifth Circuit).

Lader was the president of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina from 1983 to 1985 and was a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 1986 gubernatorial election in South Carolina, losing to then-Lieutenant Governor Michael R. Daniel. He served as president and vice-chancellor of Australia's first private university, Bond University, 1991–1993.[3]

Before entering government service, he was executive vice president of Sir James Goldsmith's U.S. holdings - which included America's then-largest private landholdings, sixth-largest forest products company, largest computer supplies supplier, and oil and gas interests - and president of Sea Pines Company, a developer/operator of recreation communities including Hilton Head Island.

Under President Clinton, Lader initially served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. In December 1993, when he became White House Deputy Chief of Staff, The New York Times described him as "a longtime friend" of Clinton's.[4]

Lader served in President Clinton's Cabinet during his service as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1994 to 1997.

In addition to his role as chairman of WPP Group and a senior adviser to Morgan Stanley, Lader is a partner at Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, a Columbia, South Carolina-based law firm.

Lader is an Honorary Fellow of London Business School and Oxford University's Pembroke College, an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple (British Inns of Court), a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Harvard Law School's Visiting Committee, Yale Divinity School's Board of Visitors, and Columbia University's International Advisory Board. He previously was a trustee of the British Museum and St. Paul's Cathedral Foundation, a director of the American Red Cross, president of Business Executives for National Security, chairman of the Royal Academy of Arts American Trust, and a member of the founding council of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. In South Carolina, he is a trustee of Middleton Place Foundation and Liberty Fellows and was chairman of the South Carolina Small & Minority Business Council, a trustee of South Carolina State Colleges, and a director of the South Carolina Jobs/Economic Development Authority and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.


Lader has been awarded honorary doctorates by 14 universities. The Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce awarded him the 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal for his contributions to trans-Atlantic relations, and he received the Rotary International Foundation's 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award.

Question Time[edit]

On September 13, 2001, two days after the September 11 attacks, Lader appeared as a guest on Question Time. During his appearance, hostile members of the audience slow-handclapped Lader and shouted abuse at him while he struggled to regain his composure. The BBC later apologized for the behavior of the audience.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "WPP Fast Facts". WPP plc. Retrieved 15 Jan 2015. 
  2. ^ Caroline Byrne (The Associated Press): US envoy's daughter gives British boys an absolute ripping Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 23, 2000
  3. ^ Bond University (2008). Vice-Chancellor & President. Retrieved April 28, 2008.
  4. ^ Jehl, Douglas (1993-12-08). "Job Plans of Clinton Aides Renew Debate on Lobbying - New York Times". Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  5. ^ "TV AND RADIO | BBC chief apologises for terror debate". BBC News. 2001-09-15. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  6. ^ Jury, Louise (2001-09-15). "Complaints over anti–American comments by 'Question Time' audience - Media, News". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2011-05-13. [dead link]
  7. ^ William Shawcross (2001-09-17). "Comment: Stop this racism | World news". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Erskine Bowles
Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Succeeded by
Aída Álvarez
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Crowe
United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
William Farish