Eleven WPP leaders recognised in the EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists 2021

13 May 2021


Eleven leaders across WPP have been recognised in the 2021 EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists for their role in promoting inclusion and diversity in the workplace and empowering talent from underrepresented ethnic groups.

Created by diversity and inclusion membership organisation INvolve and supported by Yahoo Finance UK, the lists celebrate role models from underrepresented ethnic groups who are leading by example, rising ethnic minority talent, and advocates who are championing and removing obstacles for inclusion.

Each person on the list was nominated by peers and colleagues and scored on the influence of their role, their impact on ethnic minority inclusion inside and outside the workplace, and their business achievement.

EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executive Role Models:
Debbie Ellison, Global Chief Digital Officer, VMLY&R Commerce (4)
Jai Kotecha, CEO, Ogilvy Netherlands (8)
Dionne Aiken, Chief Marketing Officer, Kantar (16)
Shelina Janmohamed, Vice-President, Islamic Marketing, Ogilvy Consulting (38)
Dorothy Burwell, Partner, Finsbury Glover Hering (39)

EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders:
Derin Bamgbelu, Learning and Development Advisor, GroupM (8)
Akama Davies, Director, Global Solutions and Innovation, Xaxis (10)
Natalie Narh, Social Content Creative, Ogilvy UK (72)
Ahmed Omer, Head of Marketing, GroupM (92)

EMpower Top 50 Advocate Executive Role Models:
Mark Read, CEO, WPP (2)
Jessica Walsh, Managing Director, Hill + Knowlton Strategies (32)

Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said: “I am proud that so many of our people were recognised in the 2021 EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists for their impact and commitment to breaking down barriers in the workplace. I look forward to working alongside them – and many others across WPP – to push forward in continuing to build an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity in both our teams and the work we create.”

Further information
Niken Wresniwiro, WPP
+44 (0)20 7282 4600
niken.wresniwiro@wpp.com

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