WPP’s UK President Karen Blackett Set to Depart


Karen Blackett, WPP’s U.Okay. president is ready to go away the enterprise after virtually 29 years. Throughout her time there she has held key management roles, together with chief govt of MediaCom U.Okay.

Blackett has risen by the ranks of the enterprise after becoming a member of Mediacom U.Okay. (now EssenceMediacom) in the place she would maintain the posts of latest enterprise director after which chief govt earlier than being named chief working officer for Mediacom EMEA for 3 years.

She is a much-celebrated advocate for variety, fairness and inclusion (DEI) throughout the enterprise neighborhood, work that noticed her awarded an OBE for providers to media and communications in 2014. Blackett has additionally led initiatives together with introducing the primary apprenticeship scheme within the media sector to be supported by the U.Okay. authorities. In 2018 she was named as the federal government’s Race Equality Enterprise Champion.

In response to WPP, she is going to go away WPP in the summertime “to pursue different exterior pursuits and alternatives.”

In a press release, Blackett stated: “I’ll miss our good folks in our companies, our shoppers and the creativity of our groups. I’m all the time on a development journey, and the time is true to pursue this outdoors of WPP. There is no such thing as a doubt 2024 might be a pivotal 12 months for the U.Okay. and U.S. and I’m trying ahead to what comes subsequent.” 

Inside WPP, Blackett additionally established an Inclusion Board for the U.Okay. that will share studying and elevate finest apply insurance policies round DEI.

Mark Learn, CEO of WPP, added: “Karen has regularly been a optimistic power for change in our business and her dedication and unwavering loyalty to WPP and our shoppers have benefitted the corporate in some ways. She has all the time championed variety of expertise as the driving force of creativity and development, and has acted as a beacon for brand spanking new expertise, a lot of whom are key leaders throughout our companies and the business as we speak.”

WPP has but to disclose who will take over the duty for main the U.Okay. enterprise instantly as soon as Blackett departs.


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