The Top 100 LGBTI Business Leaders and Straight Allies Revealed

The Top 100 LGBTI Business Leaders and Straight Allies Revealed

christopher_baileyFor the second year running, UK-based executive-level networking group OUTstanding has compiled a list of the world's Top 100 LGBTI business leaders.

The OUTstanding top 50 first appeared last year, but this year’s list has been extended to a top 100. A corresponding top 20 ranking of straight allies has also been revealed.

Both lists appeared in this morning’s issue of the Financial Times, with Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey [pictured] leading the Top 100, and Sir Richard Branson heading the list of straight allies.

When Bailey became the head of Burberry earlier this year, he became the first openly gay CEO of a FTSE 100 company.

‘I am honored to be chosen as the recipient of this year’s OUTstanding business leader award,’ said Bailey. ‘At Burberry we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer and we work hard to ensure that an individual’s talent and potential are the only criteria we look at when considering who should be working with us.’

Commenting about his straight ally award, Sir Richard Branson, CEO Virgin Groups, said, ‘I’m honored and humbled to receive this OUTstanding Ally award, because I passionately believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to create an environment where all people can thrive – not in spite of who they are, but because of it.

‘Across the Virgin Group, we have seen time and again how embracing diversity will help you spot opportunities, anticipate critical issues and come up with original solutions before your competitors do. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s good business, too.’

Branson has recently spoken out against Uganda’s anti-gay bill, urging other businesses and tourists to boycott the country and criticizing the country’s, ‘dreadful witch hunt against gay community.’

Almost a quarter of the top 100’s members come from the banking and financial services industry, while 11 come from tech industries. The top 100 includes three transgender business leaders, led by Antonia Belcher (number 40), Founding Partner at MHBC.

OUTstanding founder Suki Sandhu said, ‘Our Top 100 list is bigger and better than before and yet again proves you can succeed professionally when you are authentic at work.

‘Self-disclosure is best for employees and for the businesses that support them. Our hope is this list will inspire others to embrace who they are, paving the way for change in the corporate world and society as a whole.

‘We need publically visible role models in business to show that the workplace welcomes all talented people, regardless of their backgrounds or identities.

‘This is a human, rather than an LGBT issue which is why we’re also celebrating those trailblazers outside the LGBT community who promote the issue of diversity within their businesses.’

Those on the listings were nominated by peers and colleagues, and the final ranking was drawn up by OUTstanding’s Advisory Panel.

This has been reposted from Gay Star News.

OUTstanding Top 100 LGBTI business leaders

  1. Christopher Bailey Burberry, Chief creative and chief executive
  2. Antonio Simoes HSBC, Chief executive UK
  3. Beth Brooke-Marciniak EY, Global vice chair, public policy
  4. Anthony Watson Nike, Global chief information officer
  5. Stephen Clarke WHSmith, Chief executive
  6. Jason Grenfell-Gardner IGI Laboratories, President & chief executive
  7. Alex Schultz Facebook, Vice-president, growth
  8. Paul Reed BP IST, Chief executive
  9. Robert Greenblatt NBC Entertainment, Chairman
  10. Claudia Brind-Woody IBM, Vice-president & managing director, global intellectual property licensing
  11. Brian Bickell Shaftesbury, Chief executive
  12. Dan Fitz BT, Group general counsel & company secretary
  13. Trevor Burgess CBank, Chief executive
  14. Sally Susman Pfizer, Executive vice president, corporate affairs
  15. Mary Portas Portas Agency, Chief creative officer
  16. Charles Allen Global Radio, Chairman
  17. Arjan Dijk Google, Vice president, marketing
  18. Robert Annibale Citi, Global director, Citi microfinance & community development
  19. Faried Chopdat SAB Miller, Global business services deployment lead
  20. Neil Tallantire Diageo, Global portfolio director
  21. Joseph Evangelisti JP Morgan Chase, Chief communications officer
  22. Robert Hanson John Hardy, Chief executive
  23. Jan Gooding Aviva, Group brand director
  24. Mary Jo Abler M Unitek, Vice-president and general manager
  25. Julie Hogan NCR Corporation, Vice-president, North America services delivery
  26. Liz Bingham EY, Managing partner for talent
  27. Josh Graff LinkedIn, Senior director, marketing solutions, EMEA
  28. David Isaac Pinsent Masons, Partner & global sector head, advanced manufacturing & technology services
  29. Paul Wood Bloomberg, Chief risk & compliance officer
  30. Angela Darlington Aviva, Chief risk officer, UK Life
  31. Justin D’Agostino Herbert Smith Freehills, Global head of practice, dispute resolution
  32. Louis Vega Dow Chemicals, Chief of staff
  33. Simon Millson British American Tobacco, Group head of corporate affairs
  34. Michael Rowe Slaughter & May, Partner, head of competition litigation
  35. Jim McEleney BNY Mellon, Chief operating officer, EMEA
  36. Tim Baxter Standard Chartered Bank, Global head of communications
  37. Richard Beaven Lloyds Banking, Insurance operations director
  38. Jo Rzymowska Celebrity Cruises, Managing director, UK & Ireland
  39. Crawford Prentice M&S Banking, Deputy chief executive
  40. Antonia Belcher MHBC, Founding partner
  41. Jim Ford Allen & Overy Partner, head of corporate intellectual property
  42. Andrew Williams-Fry Gatwick Airports, Chief economist
  43. Guy Black Telegraph Media Group, Executive director
  44. Jonathan Mildenhall Airbnb, Chief marketing officer
  45. Dan Perlet EE, Director of corporate and financial affairs
  46. Peter Zorn Deutsche Bank, Managing director, group technology and operations
  47. Margaret Stumpp QM Associates, Senior adviser
  48. Mark Q McLane Barclays, Managing director, global head of diversity and inclusion
  49. Dennis Layton McKinsey, Partner
  50. Margot Slattery Sodexo, Managing director corporate services, Ireland & Northern Ireland
  51. Debbie Gupta NEST, Managing director, corporate services
  52. Marianne Roling Microsoft, General manager, small & medium market solutions and partners business, central and eastern Europe
  53. Phil Kleweno Bain & Company, Partner
  54. Daniel Winterfeldt CMS Cameron McKenna, Head of international capital markets and D&I partner
  55. Chris Stening Telefonica UK, Transitional services director
  56. Michael Brunt The Economist, Executive vice-president & managing director, global circulation
  57. Sadiq Gillani Lufthansa, Senior vice-president and chief strategy officer
  58. Mike Hoban Morrisons, Brand and communications director
  59. Matthew Flood Balfour Beatty, General counsel and divisional manager, services division
  60. Alison McFadyen Standard Chartered Bank, Head of governance, west
  61. Patrick Rowe Accenture, Deputy general counsel
  62. Elyse Cherry Boston Community Capital, Chief executive officer
  63. Michiel Kolman Elsevier, Senior vice-president, global academic relations
  64. Denny Tu British Sky Broadcasting, Head of strategy & planning
  65. Veit Schuhen Maitland Group, Chief operating officer
  66. Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Regional managing partner
  67. Sandy Gould Yahoo, Head of recruiting, senior vice-president of talent acquisition
  68. Matt Batham Deloitte, Senior tax partner
  69. Scott McGregor Camco Clean Energy, Chief executive
  70. Jeffrey Krogh BNP Paribas, Managing director, media & telecom finance, London
  71. Vincent François Société Générale Regional group chief audit executive
  72. Mike Anderson Coutts Managing director, wealth manager
  73. Renee Brown Wells Fargo, Senior vice-president, director of enterprise social media
  74. Rob Hudson British Land Co, Group financial controller
  75. Jeff Davis Barclays, Managing director, global head of sales & trading
  76. Steven Wardlaw Baker Botts, Partner in charge, London office
  77. Richard Cristofoli Debenhams, Marketing director
  78. Julia Hoggett Financial Conduct Authority, Head of investment banking department
  79. Tim Hailes JP Morgan, Managing director & associate general counsel
  80. Harry Rich Royal Institute of British Architects, Chief executive officer
  81. Steven Cox Fujitsu, Executive director, public sector
  82. Nicolas Patrick DLA Piper, Partner, head of pro bono & corporate responsibility, international
  83. Andy Woodfield PwC, Partner
  84. Svetlana Omelchenko Coty, Vice-president, global marketing insights
  85. Tim Fetherston-Dilke Accenture, Finance director for UK & Ireland
  86. Peter Murray Arup, Head of government affairs
  87. Jacqueline Davies Financial Conduct Authority, Human resources director
  88. Harry Small Baker & McKenzie, Partner, global head of information technology & commercial practice
  89. Nicholas Creswell Thomson Reuters, Vice-president, performance & talent management
  90. Robert Kerse Circle Housing, Executive director, resources
  91. Siobhan Martin Mercer, Executive director, human resources
  92. Audrey Connolly Lloyds Banking, Head of FOS operations
  93. Darren Towers EDF Energy, Head of sustainability & environmental leadership
  94. Michael Chissick Fieldfisher, Managing partner
  95. Mark Aldridge Jacques Vert, Marketing director
  96. Isabella Segal Nyman Libson Paul, Partner
  97. David Lyon Tony Blair Associates, Board managing director
  98. Tim Millward Extrastaff, Chief executive officer
  99. Pierre Landy Yahoo, Deputy general counsel, EMEA
  100. Andrew Nicolls Hudson Sandler, Vice-chairman

OUTstanding’s Top 20 straight allies

  1. Richard Branson Virgin Group, Founder & chief executive
  2. Lloyd Blankfein Goldman Sachs, Chairman & chief executive
  3. Valerie Sorrano Keating Barclays, Chief executive, Barclaycard
  4. Mark Zuckerberg Facebook, Founder & chief executive
  5. Paul Polman Unilever, Chief executive
  6. Jamie Dimon JPMorgan Chase, Chairman & chief executive
  7. Harry van Dorenmalen IBM, Chairman, IBM Europe
  8. Nicola Rabson Linklaters, Partner, employment & incentives
  9. Maria Leistner Credit Suisse, General counsel, EMEA
  10. Colin Grassie Deutsche Bank, Chief executive, UK
  11. Howard Ungerleider The Dow Chemical Company, Chief financial officer
  12. Kirsty Bashforth BP, Head of organizational effectiveness
  13. Steve Varley EY, Chair & partner, UK & Ireland
  14. Sharon Thorne Deloitte, Managing partner, regional markets
  15. Philip Clement Aon,Global chief marketing & communications officer
  16. Chris Saul Slaughter & May, Senior partner
  17. Nicolas Aubert AIG, Chief operating officer for EMEA
  18. Fiona Woolf The Corporation of London, Lord Mayor of London
  19. David Richards Standard Chartered Bank, Managing director, structured finance
  20. Ollie Roberts SABMiller, Director HR, corporate offices