Chris Jones is the former worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of J Walter Thompson Co, one of the world’s largest international advertising groups. He was the youngest person and first non-American to hold this position in the company’s 140-year history. Chris is currently a trustee for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and is a member of its Finance and Audit Committees. He is also a trustee of the Pew Charitable Trust.
Chris has developed an extensive range of business interests around the world. In financial services, he is an outside member of the Partner Board at pan-European private equity firm Motion Equity Partners and the Chairman of Results International, a global M&A advisory house specializing in marketing services. In healthcare, he is a member of the Board of Becton Dickinson and Co, a world leader in the manufacture of medical devices, diagnostic equipment and bio-science hardware, and a board member of the Oxford Musculo-Skeletal Clinic. Chris has also served – at various times — as a board member or adviser to: Central Trust plc, Xenogen of Alameda California, the Pavilion Clinic, Freedom Holdings, Webs Inc, Commarco, Debeers Diamond Jewellery and Marakon Associates.
In addition to his roles at IISS and Pew in the not-for-profit sector, Chris is Chair of the Governors at the Dragon School and of the Finance Committee at St Edward’s School and a Trustee of the Ashmolean Museum. He sits on the Advisory Committee to the University Library at Cambridge, the Health Advisory Board at John Hopkins School of Public Health, and is Chair of the board at the Blackbird Academy Trust.
Chris is a graduate of Cambridge University.