Meet our 2020 Finalists

Karen Blackett OBE

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Judging Day Sponsor and Host
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Karen Blackett OBE

U.K. Country Manager
U.K. Chief Executive Officer
Karen is a proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth and success. She is currently UK country manager for WPP, the world’s largest marketing services group, and U.K. Chief Executive Officer at GroupM.

Karen champions diversity and equality of opportunity throughout the advertising industry. In 2012 Karen launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector. In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours and in 2015 Karen was the first business woman to be named Britain’s Most Influential Black person in the Power List. In November 2018 Karen won the Inspirational Leader category at the Ethnicity Awards. 

Karen is an external advisor to the UK Government Civil Service. Karen was recently appointed Race Equality Business Champion by the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, and sits as a Non Exec for the UK Cabinet officeKaren is on the board for Creative England, is a council member for the Creative Industries Federation, and Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth.
Karen became a Fellow of the IPA (FIPA) in their new years honours list.
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