Former CEO, AKQA and President, WPP Ventures

Tom Bedecarré was Co-Founder and CEO of AKQA, the leading digital advertising agency. Tom was also President of WPP Ventures, where he explored 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.”

Following his DCI Fellowship, Tom has been an active mentor to Stanford students and in 2018 he was honored with the Jon Blum Outstanding Alumni Mentor Award. Previously Tom was recognized as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for his leadership and innovation in the media and marketing services industry.

In addition to earning 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 attended Directors’ College at Stanford Law School.

Tom met his wife Maggie while working on Madison Avenue in New York. Maggie and Tom have been married for 34 years and have three children.

Partner: Maggie Bedecarré