Michael I. Roth

Chairman and CEO, Interpublic Group

Michael I. Roth is Chairman and CEO of Interpublic (NYSE: IPG), one of the world's largest organizations of advertising and marketing services companies. Prior to serving in his current role, Roth was a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Since assuming leadership of Interpublic in 2005, Roth has righted the company’s financial course and moved to make it an industry leader by defining new models that provide value to clients in a rapidly-changing media and marketing environment.

Michael is a from-the-top-down kind of CEO. He ensures that diversity and inclusion commitments start there with the Board of Directors, where four of the ten members of the Interpublic Group’s Board are women. But this is not surprising for one who has made multiculturalism an integral part of his professional life. His leadership at IPG has energized strategy and accountability. Executive compensation is tied directly to the ability to hire, promote and retain diverse talent. And the company regularly assesses progress with an inclusion survey.

Michael chairs the IPG Diversity Council, comprised of CEOs from IPG’s agencies, and because of this total commitment, IPG has been honored by Profiles in Diversity Journal, the New York Urban League, the Women’s Forum of New York and, of course, the American Advertising Federation. 

Prior to his current role, Roth was Chairman and CEO of The MONY Group Inc., a financial services holding company that provides a wide range of protection, asset accumulation and retail brokerage products and services through its member companies. Under Roth's leadership, The MONY Group diversified its business mix, broadened its distribution channels and enhanced its ability to compete in today's financial services marketplace.

Roth is a member of the Board of Directors for Pitney Bowes Inc., the Ad Council and Ryman Hospitality Properties. He sits on the Leadership Committee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the Board of Directors of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). In addition, he is a Director of The Baruch College Fund and The Partnership for New York City. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Heart Steering Committee.

A certified public accountant, Roth holds an L.L.M. degree from New York University Law School and a J.D. from Boston University Law School. He is a 1967 graduate of the City College of New York. 

Honoree, Mosaic Awards 2017

Last Updated: December 2016