Executive Managing Director, London

I love that sense of global connection. Every day I get to talk to people all over the world.
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Sailing and cycling enthusiast (as well as proud owner of Lola the dog), Will is the Executive Managing Director for Kantar Marketplace. We snuck some time into his very busy schedule to find out what being a leader to our teams means to him, and why everyone should be as excited about Kantar Marketplace as he is.

What is an Executive Managing Director, and what do you get up to day-to-day? 
I’m accountable for the development and commercial success of Kantar Marketplace, Kantar’s agile market research platform.

Mostly, my days consist of a mix of meetings and 1-2-1s with the team and our stakeholders across the business, ensuring our roadmap and performance are on track, helping to resolve knotty challenges and ensuring our team feel motivated and supported in their roles.

Why is being a leader important?
I’m in the privileged position of leading a fantastic team working in a hugely exciting and transformative part of our business. It’s great to have the opportunity to shape what we are doing – and how we are doing it.

What have been some of your highlights of the job so far?
Leading the launch and growth of Kantar Marketplace has been the highlight of my career. In less than three years we have built a $100M business that grew 120% year-on-year in 2021. It doesn’t get more interesting than that! 

Plus, I get to work with a group of incredibly talented, passionate, and committed professionals, who are also kind, considerate and supportive human beings. It’s such a collaborative culture, which I believe is really important in any workplace. 

Why did you decide to join Kantar, and what would you say to anyone thinking about joining?
I initially decided to join Kantar as it’s a market leading company advising some of the biggest brands in the world and with true global scale – all of which creates fantastic career and development opportunities. 

To anyone thinking about joining, I’d say if you like the idea of working in a start-up, but with the backing and resources of an established business, then you’ll love working on Kantar Marketplace. As a team, we’re at the leading edge of data & insight, transforming the speed and ways in which clients can gather and act on insights to drive growth in their businesses.

What would you do if you didn’t do this?
I always wanted to be a journalist, but I think it is quite a solitary profession and I think I’d miss the team collaboration and spirit that I so love in my current role.

What do you love about working at Kantar Marketplace?
That’s really simple. The smart, passionate, committed, and decent people I get to work with every day.

Want to find out more about joining Kantar Marketplace? Check out our website and take a look at our open roles.