WPP hires Walmart's Jacqui Canney as global chief people officer

Canney is set to start in June and take over from Mark Linaugh.

Jacqui Canney, EVP and chief people officer at Walmart, has been named global chief people officer at WPP.

She is set to begin her new role on June 1 and will report to WPP chief executive Mark Read. The holding company said Canney will focus on people strategy, rewards, talent management, recruiting, and leadership development and learning.

Canney is set to take over from Mark Linaugh, who is retiring this summer. She joined Walmart in August 2015 after spending 22 years at Accenture.

"WPP is a company built on talent, and to do the best work for our clients we need to continue to attract the very best people. I am delighted that Jacqui is joining us to lead that effort," Read said. "Jacqui is a world-class executive with an outstanding record of leading change at global organizations. She is also a passionate advocate of inclusive workplaces and will play a central role as we create a strong new culture throughout WPP."

This story first appeared at campaignlive.co.uk. 

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