27 September 2020 08:18

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Eighteen leaders across WPP have been honoured in the HERoes Women Role Model Lists 2020 for championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace.

Supported by Yahoo Finance, the three global lists celebrate female executives who are role models and driving change to increase gender diversity at work, future leaders who are making a significant contribution to gender diversity, and senior leader advocates who are dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive business environment for women.

WPP Health Practice’s International CEO Claire Gillis, MediaCom’s Chief Transformation Officer Sue Unerman, Kantar’s Profiles Division Global CEO Caroline Frankum, Wunderman Thompson Argentina’s CEO Victoria Cole, WPP Country Manager for Turkey and GroupM’s EMEA CEO Demet İkiler, WPP’s Chief People Officer Jacqui Canney and Geometry’s Global CEO Beth Ann Kaminkow were all included in the HERoes 100 Women Executives List.

In addition, 10 women were included in the 100 Women Future Leaders List: Michelle Morgan, Associate Director at Mindshare; Paola Maffezzoni, Head of Marketing & Communications, Italy at GroupM; Preeti Mascarenhas, Head of Product & Strategy at Mindshare; Shelina Janmohamed, Vice President, Islamic Marketing at Ogilvy; Christina Mallon, Inclusive Design Lead at Wunderman Thompson; Suki Heather, Creative Director at AKQA; Kai Lawson, Global Director of Community Engagement at WPP; Brenda Hudson, EMEA Commercial Finance Manager at GroupM; Mamaa Duker, Business Development Manager at WPP; and Kristin Parris, Senior Manager, Talent Development at Essence.

For the third year running, WPP CEO Mark Read features in the HERoes 50 Advocates List as a champion of female talent in the workplace. Under Mark’s leadership, WPP made culture a cornerstone of its strategy for growth and has continued its focus to build an ever-more inclusive and diverse organisation. Since 2018 when Mark became CEO, the proportion of women on WPP’s Board has increased from 33% to 50% today, while at a senior manager level, women now make up 50% of the total. In both 2019 and 2020, WPP was named in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index as an industry leader committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.

Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said: “Our ability to create great work for clients is powered by our diversity of thought, ideas and perspectives. What makes WPP special is its people, and as we continue to focus on increasing representation of women in leadership roles across WPP, I’m proud that so many of our female leaders have been recognised in the HERoes Women Role Model Lists.”

HERoes 100 Women Executives List:

Claire Gillis, International CEO, WPP Health Practice (21)

Sue Unerman, Chief Transformation Officer, MediaCom (35)

Caroline Frankum, Global CEO, Profiles Division, Kantar (41)

Victoria Cole, CEO, Wunderman Thompson Argentina (42)

Demet İkiler, EMEA CEO, GroupM and Country Manager for Turkey, WPP (59)

Jacqui Canney, Chief People Officer, WPP (84)

Beth Ann Kaminkow, Global CEO, Geometry (96)

HERoes 100 Women Future Leaders List:

Michelle Morgan, Associate Director, Mindshare (6)

Paola Maffezzoni, Head of Marketing & Communications, Italy, GroupM (28)

Preeti Mascarenhas, Head of Product & Strategy, Mindshare (39)

Shelina Janmohamed, Vice President, Islamic Marketing, Ogilvy (40)

Christina Mallon, Inclusive Design Lead, Wunderman Thompson (61)

Suki Heather, Creative Director, AKQA (63)

Kai Lawson, Global Director of Community Engagement, WPP (77)

Brenda Hudson, EMEA Commercial Finance Manager, GroupM (85)

Mamaa Duker, Business Development Manager, WPP (94)

Kristin Parris, Senior Manager, Talent Development, Essence (95)

HERoes 50 Advocates List:

Mark Read, CEO, WPP (15)

Chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Stefano Domenicali, will leave leadership of the Italian super sports car company for a new professional role

Automobili Lamborghini announces that Chairman and CEO Stefano Domenicali will leave his position leading the Italian super sports car company to take on a new and prestigious professional role from January 2021.

Since joining Lamborghini in 2016, Stefano Domenicali has guided the company through a crucial period of exceptional transformation, with the introduction of the Urus, more than 700 new hirings, a doubling of global sales and a significant growth of brand awareness on the world stage.

MY FM has started a new initiative in collaboration with Maha Yogi Akshar Nath- a youth-icon & Yoga-guru

In the present scenario, where struggling with uncertainty and fear have become the daily routine, MY FM has taken the responsibility to help people lead a healthy and happy life. As an initiative for the ‘new normal’, the radio network has joined hands with Grandmaster Akshar for taking live yoga sessions digitally, through MY FM’s Facebook handle. The sessions take place twice a week, at 7 in the morning.

MY FM aims to engage the nation for a ‘Yoga-revolution’ with this initiative. Maha Yogi Akshar Nath, also known as Grandmaster Akshar, is a youth-icon and one of the youngest Spiritual Guides and yoga-based entrepreneurs in India, having practiced yoga since the age of six.

These yoga sessions are aimed at healing daily issues of the common man. Every week different topics are covered- from mental health, building immunity through yoga, to strengthening the core and addressing common issues like back pain etc. This is a 4-week series; people can join-in every Thursday and Friday at 7am on MY FM’s official FB page.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Rahul Namjoshi, COO, MY FM, says “In such stressful times, people are having anxiety issues which in turn is affecting their health, apart from encountering other regular ailments. Yoga helps release negativity and bring-in positivity and balance in life. MY FM hopes to revolutionize Yoga for the youth and make it their daily routine. ‘Live Yoga with Grand Master Akshar’ not only engages the youth, but also inspires them to have a positive outlook towards life.”

In collaboration with NICDC, the exclusive film will showcase how India is bridging the gap between its biggest metros with smart, sustainable cities that will transform millions of lives in an exclusive premiere on September 26, 8 PM

Due to increasing population, today’s cities are swelling with a rural to urban migration rate of 25 to 30 persons per minute. To manage this rapid change, the country needs to create and maintain smart and sustainable cities. The Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor is a pioneering solution to encourage employment, sustainability and urbanization. Exploring the endeavor to create world-class infrastructure that promotes manufacturing and industrialization in upcoming cities, National Geographic announced its film, ‘Future Cities: How They Are Made’. The documentary follows the effort that goes behind planning and executing the idea behind this project and its positive impact on rural to urban migrants.

Premiering on 26 September on National Geographic, the documentary demonstrates how cutting-edge sustainable technology is being employed to tackle the challenges faced by India’s biggest cities and how millions of citizens stand to benefit from the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. From providing investment opportunities to enterprises looking for future-ready infrastructure to providing residential and employment opportunities to rural migrants and urban poor, the 40-minute documentary will showcase the way ahead for India’s future-ready industries and cities.

Commenting on the film, Anuradha Aggarwal, Head - Infotainment and Kids, Star & Disney India, said, “Our film ‘FUTURE CITIES: HOW THEY ARE MADE’ will educate viewers about how India’s upcoming cities will efficiently respond to the growing needs of society while conserving our natural resources. This is a step further in our endeavour to bring innovative and enriching stories to our viewers and familiarize them with the growth stories of our nation.”

Shri K. Sanjay Murthy (IAS), CEO & MD, NICDC said, “We hope this National Geographic film will help viewers understand how new industrial cities are strategizing and evolving according to the changing needs of industries to provide a robust, world class sustainable infrastructure ecosystem while offering immense opportunities to all Stakeholders. The film captures the roadmap for smart, modern and well-connected cities of the future, providing a template for the other similar cities coming across the country.”

National Geographic’s upcoming film, ‘Future Cities: How They Are Made’, will premiere on 26 September, 8 pm on National Geographic.

At a time when India has been hit hardest among emerging economies, our entrepreneurs have stood strong in the face of economic headwinds.

With the economy facing its toughest challenge in a century, TV9 Network in association with technology major SAP India brings to its viewers the leaders of home-grown businesses who continue to be the harbingers of hope in these times of gloom and doom.

Leaders of Global Bharat series is an initiative to turn the spotlight on business mentors of home-grown firms. Airing every Sunday at 11:30m am on India’s leading news channel TV9 Bharatvarsh, the series will showcase success and Dare-to-Dream journey of over 150 entrepreneurs who have the potential to galvanise and inspire the youth and budding entrepreneurs of this country.

Explaining the rationale behind the series, Raktim Das, COO, TV9 Studio, said: “There’s never been a more apt time to look at robust leadership lessons that have steered businesses through these extraordinary times. The Covid-19 induced New Normal has sharpened the focus on business leaders who continue to inspire us, mentor us. The series is also an attempt to showcase that an Atmanirbhar Bharat is in the realms of possibilities. I thank SAP India for making this possible.”

Commenting on SAP India’s association with the campaign, Krishnan Chatterjee, CCO and Head of Marketing, SAP India Subcontinent, said: “Recently, SAP India launched Global Bharat program to provide MSME access to global marketplace, digital skilling their workforce and transform business processes. We are happy to partner with TV9 Network to highlight these stories of grit and determination for emerging and existing entrepreneurs, share our narrative of Hope, Resilience, Innovation and most importantly inspiration to digitally transform their businesses.”

Their leadership will not only revolutionise the Start Up India Movement but also provide a shot in the arm to those willing to take the Leap of Faith. It’s time to make Vocal for Local the new business mantra.

This is a multi-media approach to acknowledge the stellar role entrepreneurs play in our collective consciousness and bring to light the challenges they face on the way. From engaging webinars to inspirational tales, the initiative will move seamlessly between linear TV and digital.

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