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Karen Blackett OBE

MediaCom UK

Karen Blackett’s astute interview with LeadersIn reveals her assessment of Donald Trump on the day of his inauguration and her predictions for the future of the EU in a post-Brexit Britain.

Karen also shares her down-to-earth views on leadership and what makes an effective CEO. She discusses developing a personal brand and relevance, and we admire her view on the power of listening more, and saying less.

Karen has been in media for 22 years and is currently Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings over £1 billion. Prior to this Karen was CEO for 5 years. During Karen’s tenure as CEO the UK business won over £790 million of new business. In 2015, Karen led the agency to win the coveted Tesco business, after over 23 years with their incumbent agency.

In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours and in 2015 Karen was the first business woman to be named Britain’s Most Influential Black person in the Power List.

In 2015 Karen was appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, and as a UKTI Business Ambassador for No 10. Karen is also a Non-Exec for Creative England whose focus is to support new and emerging talent in the Creative Industry in turn helping commercial growth.