12 WPP leaders named in 2019 HERoes Women Role Model Lists

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Twelve leaders across WPP have been recognised in the 2019 HERoes Women Role Model Lists, supported by Yahoo Finance.

The three lists celebrate the achievements of women in business and the male champions who support them, showcasing individuals who are leading by example and driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace.

UK Country Manager for WPP Karen Blackett OBE, Taiwan Country Manager for WPP and Vice Chairman for Ogilvy Greater China Shenan Chuang, Turkey Country Manager for WPP and CEO for GroupM Turkey Demet Ikiler, and Managing Partner for WPP’s Corporate Practice Aisling Ryan were all named as role models and champions in the 100 Female Executives category.

CEO Read recognised

WPP CEO Mark Read was also recognised as one of 40 Advocate Executives who continue to support female talent in their companies. 

Diversity in action: WPP executives named on HERoes list

Since becoming CEO in September 2018, Mark has made culture a cornerstone of WPP’s new strategy. 

His commitment to creating a more inclusive WPP has led to an increase in the proportion of women at the most senior levels: the proportion of women on WPP’s board has increased to 42%, and the number of women leading WPP’s 20 biggest global brands has doubled under his leadership.

Inspirational models

In addition, seven female leaders in WPP agencies were recognised as inspirational role models making a significant contribution to gender diversity in their organisations: Mel Edwards, Global CEO at Wunderman Thompson, Sue Unerman, Chief Transformation Officer at MediaCom, Caroline Frankum, Global CEO of Profiles Division at Kantar, Nicole Lonsdale, Chief Planning Officer at Kinetic, Shelina Janmohamed, Vice President for Islamic Marketing at Ogilvy Consulting, Emily Kucharski, Associate Business Director at Wunderman Thompson, and Jo Wallace, Creative Director for UK & EMENA at Wunderman Thompson.

“The acknowledgement of so many of our female leaders in this year’s women in business HERoes and Yahoo Finance lists is a reflection primarily of their own achievements, but also of the ongoing work to improve gender balance across WPP”, Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said. 

“We are encouraged by this recognition and will continue our efforts to improve diversity of all kinds in our teams.”

Where WWP’s executives came in the 2019 HERoes list: 

HERoes 100 Women Executives category
Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager, WPP (3)
Sue Unerman, Chief Transformation Officer, MediaCom (12)
Caroline Frankum, Global CEO, Profiles Division, Kantar (31)
Shenan Chuang, Taiwan Country Manager, WPP and Vice Chairman, Ogilvy Greater China (40)
Jo Wallace, Creative Director for UK & EMENA, Wunderman Thompson (44)
Mel Edwards, Global CEO, Wunderman Thompson (63)
Demet Ikiler, Turkey Country Manager, WPP and CEO, GroupM Turkey (75)
Aisling Ryan, Managing Partner, The Corporate Practice, WPP (84)
Nicole Lonsdale, Chief Planning Officer, Kinetic (85)

HERoes 50 Women Future Leaders category
Shelina Janmohamed, Vice President, Islamic Marketing, Ogilvy Consulting (9)
Emily Kucharski, Associate Business Director, Wunderman Thompson (28)

HERoes 40 Advocate Executives category
Mark Read, CEO, WPP (12)

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