Charles Courtier joins MSQ

We’re delighted to announce that industry legend Charles Courtier is joining MSQ as our new Chairman.

Charles has more than 30 years’ experience in the advertising industry and was CEO of WPP’s global media agency MEC until November 2016, where he was responsible for 5,000 people across 80 markets. During his tenure, initially based in New York and latterly in London, MEC quadrupled in size to become a $1billion business and one of the world’s top five media agencies.

Charles will work closely with MSQ Partners’ Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Peter Reid, leading the group’s Board, and helping shape the overall strategic direction and core elements of the Group’s offer.

Peter Reid’s fellow Co-Founder, Roger Parry, has stepped down after nine and a half years as Non-Executive Chairman, following the recent investment by LDC, alongside senior managers, into MSQ.    

Paddy Sellars, who spent 20 years at LDC, latterly as Deputy CEO, also joins as a Non-Executive Director. As well as a wealth of successful private equity partnerships experience, Paddy also brings specific experience in helping develop marcomms businesses. He currently sits on the Board of Plimsoll Productions and, formerly, was a Non-Exec Director at Blue Rubicon.

Peter says: “Roger has made a sterling contribution to the business and I would like to thank him, both personally and on behalf of all of the Group, for his support and counsel over the years.

“I am delighted that Charles has agreed to join the Group. We share a similar vision for both MSQ and the future of the marcomms industry. The depth of Charles’ industry knowledge will be hugely valuable as we position MSQ to continue to benefit from changes in the marketplace and we scale-up and roll out our multi-disciplinary model internationally. I look forward to working with him as we embark on this next exciting stage in MSQ’s development.” Charles says: “With the industry in such an exciting state of flux, the flexibility and diversity of MSQ gives it a unique opportunity to emerge as one of the biggest winners from this period of change. I am very excited to be joining at this time and look forward to helping shape the future business with Peter and the talented team at MSQ.”