Leslie McGibbon | Influence 100

Leslie McGibbon

Corporate Director and Global Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Since joining Dutch MNC AkzoNobel two years ago, Leslie McGibbon has embarked on an ambitious restructuring of its corporate communications operation, in a bid to support the company’s attempts to behave less like a holding company for its various brands (which include Dulux), and more like an operating company with its own brand. McGibbon’s efforts, which include consolidation of PR duties with MSLGroup, involve a number of new departments within a newly-centralised communications function, focusing on such areas as content, creative, planning and social listening. 

This initiative reflects McGibbon’s modern approach to his communications mandate, which includes a realtime focus on content, and a more purpose-led approach to its stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining AkzoNobel, McGibbon spent several years in senior roles at GSK and IHG.