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Diversity performance

Gender diversity 2003 - 2007 %

In 2007, women accounted for 33% of board members/executive leaders, 47% of senior managers and 55% of total employees. There are currently three women on WPP’s Board, Esther Dyson, Orit Gadiesh and Lubna Olayan: and a female Company Secretary, Marie Capes and Group Chief Counsel, Andrea Harris.

Many WPP companies are led by women, including:

  • Shelly Lazarus, CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
  • Donna Imperato, President & CEO, Cohn & Wolfe
  • Tamara Ingram, President Team P&G
  • Marcia Silverman, CEO, Ogilvy PR Worldwide
  • Eileen Campbell, CEO, Millward Brown Group
  • Mary Ellen Howe, COO, WPP’s Specialist Communications division
  • Ann Newman, WPP’s Executive VP, Latin America
  • Lynn O’Connor Vos, President & CEO, Grey Healthcare Group
  • Julie Halpin, CEO, The Geppetto Group
  • Janine Hawkins, Global CEO, Added Value

During 2007, WPP became an associate member of Opportunity Now, a UK organisation which helps companies promote gender equality in the workplace.

This year we recorded ethnic diversity in our UK and US businesses representing over 29,000 of the Group’s 110,000 employees. In 2007, ethnic minorities accounted for 11.1% of board members/executive leaders, 13.2% of senior managers and 21.6% of total employees.

Ethnicity in the UK and US %

Board members
executive leaders
White 78.4 86.8 88.9
Ethnic minority 21.6 13.2 11.1

WPP Leaders and Partners are individuals receiving the top level incentive from the parent company. The group of 848 individuals comprises 26 nationalities.

Promoting diversity and inclusion in the US

Our major companies in the US have programs to increase the diversity and inclusion of their workforce.

For example:

  • Partnerships: WPP companies work with diversity organisations and participate in initiatives to encourage diversity in the advertising industry. These include: the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ (AAAA) Operation Success; the Leadership, Education and Development Program in Business; and the National Black Public Relations Society.
  • Internships: Several WPP companies participate in the AAAA’s Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) and other initiatives that allow minority students to gain experience in the marketing industry.
  • Targeted recruitment: Many of our companies use specialist recruitment agencies and publications and attend minority recruitment fairs.
  • Raising employee awareness: Our companies provide training and information to ensure that employees understand the importance of diversity.