The 2018 EMpower ethnic minority executives in the UK and north America were selected on the basis of their seniority and influence. These role models had to be high profile and to have worked to create an environment that brought the best out of black, Asian and minority ethnic employees.

It was important that nominees worked towards this goal above and beyond their day job, which made it hard for judges to consider diversity and inclusions professionals, however deserving.

Ethnic Minority executive

Karen Blackett for Work & Careers

As UK country manager for WPP, Karen Blackett is responsible for the global advertising group’s second-largest market. Faced with the conglomerate’s possible break-up since the April departure of founder Sir Martin Sorrell, she is focused on “business as usual” but inclusion remains a priority: “More diverse companies are more successful and more profitable — fact,” says Ms Blackett. The most senior black woman in UK advertising has set up the UK Inclusion Board to improve diversity at WPP. In her five years as chief executive of MediaCom, the largest UK media agency she now chairs, the percentage of non-white staff rose from 11 to 20 per cent.

EMpower 100 ethnic minority leaders
Rank Full Name Company Job Title
1 Karen Blackett WPP and MediaCom Country manager (WPP), chair (MediaCom)
2 Vanessa Kingori Condé Nast Publishing director, British Vogue
3 Anré Williams American Express Group president, global merchant and network services
4 Usha Prashar Nationwide Non executive director
5 Sanjay Bhandari EY Partner
6 Aleida Rios BP Head of upstream engineering
7 Michael Sneed Johnson & Johnson Worldwide VP global corporate affairs and chief communications officer
8 Tunji Akintokun NSC Global vice-president
9 Nneka Abulokwe MicroMax Consulting Founder
10 Ron Khalifa Worldpay Group Executive director
11 Sophie Chandauka Morgan Stanley Global chief operating officer, shared services and banking operations
12 Leena Nair Unilever Chief HR officer
13 Naren Patel Primesight chief executive
14 Funke Abimbola Roche General counsel and head of financial compliance
15 Sandra Federighi Stella McCartney Chief financial officer and business services director
16 Suzan Kereere Visa Head of Europe merchant sales and solutions
17 Jagdeep Rai Barclays Bank Director, head of corporate banking, Heathrow and SW London
18 Rupal Karia Fujitsu Fujitsu Head of UK & Ireland, public and private sector
19 Piers Linney British Business Bank Non executive director
20 Chika Aghadiuno Aviva Group risk strategy and analysis director
21 Shirine Khoury Haq Lloyd’s of London Chief operating officer
22 Elaine Rogers Northern Trust Senior VP global head of control for operations
23 Sarah Lee Slaughter and May Partner
24 Suresh Raj Zeno Group Managing director, global business development
25 Renee LaRoche-Morris BNY Mellon Managing director and chief operating officer, investment management
26 Albertha Charles PwC Partner
27 Andrew Pearce Accenture Managing director
28 Jacqueline Simmons Bloomberg News Executive editor
29 Miranda Brawn Daiwa Director of legal and transaction management
30 Dawood Gustave Reluctantly Brave Leader and imagination officer
31 Kalpana Shah RiverStone Managing agency chair
32 Mamadou-Abou Sarr Northern Trust SVP director of product development and sustainable investing
33 Paris Petgrave We Love Work Chief executive
34 Nazreen Visram Barclays Bank Head of citizenship, corporate banking
35 Patrick Vatel BNY Mellon Head of credit management for investment services
36 Anit Chandarana Network Rail Finance director, infrastructure projects
37 Bridget Lea Telefónica/O2 Director of retail, online and omni-channel
38 Nathaniel Peat Gennex Elite Chief executive
39 Tom Shropshire Linklaters Partner, global head of US practice
40 Habib Motani Clifford Chance Partner
41 Kai Exos Isobar Co-chief executive officer and chief customer officer
42 Payal Vasudeva Accenture Human capital and diversity managing director
43 Madhavi Reddy Fujitsu MD and head of UK and Ireland presales
44 Sarah Nelson Sainsbury’s Group financial controller
45 Ajay Khindria IBM Strategic sales leader
46 Arlene Isaacs-Lowe Moody’s Global head of corporate social responsibility
47 Nilufer von Bismarck Slaughter and May Partner
48 Carey Mendes BP Regional business unit leader, global oil
49 Gerald Charles, Jr Under Armour VP, Global IT operations and strategy
50 Manroop Singh Khela Santander UK head of transformation and chief executiveoffice
51 Oliemata O'Donoghue HSBC Head of region
52 Bansi Nagji McKesson Corporation Executive vice-president, corporate strategy & business development
53 Amadou Diarra Bristol-Myers Squibb Vice-president, head of global policy, advocacy and government affairs 
54 Christina Liciaga HSBC UK Head of customer service
55 Gautam Bhattacharyya Reed Smith LLP Partner
56 Nimisha PradeepKumar Lloyds Banking Group Finance change director, group finance
57 Rocki Howard Resource Solutions Client services director
58 Adizah Tejani Token Inc Director of marketing emea
59 Segun Osuntokun Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Partner and board member
60 Elizabeth Yang Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang Owner & founder
61 Heather P. Melville OBE CCMI RBS Head of business inclusion initiatives, commercial and private banking
62 Pritheeva Rasaratnam Financial Conduct Authority Head of pensions, insurance and retail distribution policy
63 April Crichlow SAP Ariba Head of global customer marketing 
64 Jerome Hamilton Open Therapeutics CEO
65 Geoffrey Williams Thomson Reuters Director/Head of D&I Emea
66 Alison Walters Financial Conduct Authority Head of department
67 Anbreen Khan Deloitte Tax partner
68 Tom Ilube Crossword Cybersecurity plc CEO
69 Dorothy Burwell Finsbury Partner
70 Jatin Patel TSB Products director
71 Quentin Roach Merck & Co., Inc. Chief procurement officer and senior vice-president, GSMG, BD & GWES
72 Raoul Shah Exposure Founder & Joint chief executive
73 Roni Savage Jomas Associates Managing director
74 Rory Campbell John Lewis Partnership Partnership registrar
75 Amit Sharma Fifth Third Bank Chief European representative
76 Raphael Mokades Rare Recruitment Founder & managing-director
77 Sonia Sng Intuit Director, business operations
78 Vanessa Smith SAP America Regional vice-president, NA Strategic Customer Program
79 Rajesh Gupta Sainsbury's bank Head of trading — Argos Financial Services 
80 Rob Mukherjee Vodafone Head of north-west regional business
81 Raj Tulsiani Green Park Chief executive & co-founder
82 Keith Bevans Bain & Company Global head of recruiting, partner
83 Ukonwa Ojo Coty Inc. Senior vice-president, COVERGIRL
84 Daniel Taylor MDC Group Founder/Chief executive
85 Ronel Lundall Mastercard Executive vice-president Vocalink Delivery
86 Raj Verma Sodexo Global Corporate Services Senior vice-president, Human Resources
87 Shawn Miles Mastercard Executive vice-resident, public policy
88 Rashik Parmar IBM IBM technical executive — Europe, IBM distinguished engineer
89 Yin Luo Wolfe Research, LLC Vice-chairman
90 Emeka Okwu Renaissance Global Consulting Managing-director/chief executive
91 Elsie Akinsanya Citibank Global head of human resources, treasury and trade solutions
92 Michelle Delices Sodexo UK & I Director business improvement and growth & corporate business partner
93 Mo Haghbin Oppenheimer Funds SVP head of product — Beta Solutions
94 Mark Mason Citi CFO, Institutional Clients Group
95 Geno Luchmun Kaizen Reporting General Counsel
96 Sanjeev Sharma M&G Real Estate Limited Chief operating officer
97 Colleen Wong TechSixtyFour Founder & chief executive
98 Mitul Shah Deloitte Partner & leader of UK reward consulting business
99 Perry Jones Diageo North America Senior vice-president, manufacturing & distillation, supply North America
100 Sarah Vawda Vawda Associates Managing-director
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