Diana Marszalek 16 Dec 2020 // 1:52AM GMT
NEW YORK — Omnicom has tapped FleishmanHillard chief diversity & inclusion officer Emily Graham to lead the holding group’s DE&I strategy.
As chief equity and impact officer, Graham will be responsible for accelerating the holding company’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and executing Open 2.0, Omnicom’s action plan for achieving systemic equity for all professionals across its agencies. In doing so, she will lead the Open leadership team, who provide structure, support, counsel and visibility to DE&I initiatives and policies throughout Omnicom.
Graham has also been named senior VP of diversity and inclusion communications and will serve as a senior communications counselor on DE&I matters.
Graham succeeds Tiffany Warren, who in October left Omnicom after 12 years to become Sony Music’s chief diversity officer. She will report to Omnicom chairman and CEO John Wren.
“Our goal is that every Omnicom agency, globally, be a pillar of diversity, equity and inclusion, and we are proud to keep our efforts moving forward under Emily’s leadership,” Wren said. “Emily joins us not only with a passion for DE&I, but a wealth of experience in the agency world where she consistently offered top-tier client counsel as a seasoned communications strategist. She comes into this role with a fresh perspective on how we can accelerate our internal progress and best service our clients who similarly have ambitions and expectations around DE&I.”
Graham’s promotion comes roughly six months after she was named FleishmanHillard’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer, which was the first big action from the firm since it committed to fast-tracking D&I efforts in response to heightened racial strife. Graham had been co-leading the agency’s D&I efforts for the two years before her appointment to the role.
“Emily made a tremendous impact on DE&I at FleishmanHillard. She helped us outline a plan that incorporates DE&I at the center of our business, she led the development of our True MOSAIC practice to provide our clients with tools and support in their DE&I journeys, and she brought her passion and commitment, challenging us to get comfortable with the uncomfortable,” said FleishmanHillard president and CEO John Saunders.
“We look forward to Emily’s continued impact as she continues her own journey in this very important role for Omnicom. We will replace Emily in the chief diversity and inclusion officer role and are appointing a member of our leadership cabinet to serve in the interim to ensure we continue our momentum.”