Co-Founder & Chairman, AKQA and President, WPP Ventures
Tom Bedecarré is the Co-Founder and Chairman of AKQA, the leading digital advertising agency. Tom is also President of WPP Ventures, where he explores Silicon Valley-based investment opportunities for WPP, the world’s largest communications services group.
Working at the intersection of technology and advertising, Tom was named “Silicon Valley’s Favorite Adman” by Fortune magazine, which described Tom as a “rare hybrid” who “has cred with techies and Mad Men alike.”
In 2013, Tom was recognized as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year for his leadership and innovation in the media and marketing services industry. Tom was also selected in 2013 as the recipient of the Hal Riney Icons of Marketing Award in recognition of his legacy of innovation and service in the San Francisco Bay Area marketing community.
Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in political science and an MBA in marketing and management policy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tom met his wife Maggie while working on Madison Avenue in New York. Maggie and Tom have been married for 31 years and have three children.
Partner: Maggie Bedecarré