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The top 100 LGBTI business leaders and straight allies revealed

The top 100 LGBTI business leaders and straight allies revealed

Christopher Bailey

For 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.

The full listings are below:

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 C1 Bank, 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 3M 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