Karen Blackett

Karen is currently the Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings of over £1 billion. Prior to this promotion Karen was CEO for 5 years where she managed over 1,150 people in 5 offices across the UK. In her new role as Chairwoman one of her many focuses is to support these regional offices.
During the five years Karen was CEO, the agency’s staff evolved from 11% to 19% people of colour — black, Asian and other ethnicities — and women make up 31% of the top two tiers of management. Karen says, “It’s no coincidence”.
In 2012, Karen launched an innovative apprenticeship program for 18-to-24-year-olds at MediaCom, working with Tim Campbell, MBE and The National Apprenticeship Service. In March 2016, Karen then alsobecame President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presents the business case for Diversity. She is also an Advisory Board member for Shine Media.

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