Andy Whitehouse

Founder & Chairman


Before founding Copperfield, Andy served as the most senior communications professional in three leading companies, most recently as Chief Communications Officer of the IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM), where he led a team of 600 professionals.

Before IBM, Andy served as Global Director of Marketing, Communications and Knowledge Management for Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) and Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global risk advisor and (re)insurance broker. In this role, Andy played a central part in the $18bn merger of Willis Group and Towers Watson, and in the acquisition of Gras Savoye by Willis.

Prior to joining Willis, Andy served as interim Global Director of Communications for McKinsey & Company, co-leading the firm’s communications and publishing function. At McKinsey, Andy held various positions, including deputy director of communications and director of communications for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He led research on the role of business leaders in public life, and was a member of teams working with public sector and non-profit clients. In 2007, he co-published “CEOs as public leaders: a McKinsey survey” (McKinsey Quarterly anthology) and “CEOs as public leaders” (McKinsey Quarterly 2007, vol. 2).

Before McKinsey, Andy was a policymaker in the United Kingdom government. Originally joining the Ministry of Defence on the Civil Service Fast Stream, he later led teams in the Prime Minister’s Social Exclusion Unit, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Department of Health. Andy’s policy work focused principally on tackling poverty and social exclusion in England.

Andy is a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Oxford University award. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford. He is a lecturer in political communications at Columbia University, a founder member of the NationSwell Council, a Trustee of the Institute of Public Relations (IPR) and the Reading Team, and a Fellow of the RSA. Andy has presented at numerous events including the Skoll Global Forum and Oxford's "Challenges of Government" conferences, and has attended Davos on a dozen occasions.

He is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard.