Karen Blackett OBE
Karen Blackett OBE, UK Country Manager for WPP and GroupM UK CEO, is an avid champion of diversity and has been consistently delivering business growth and success during her 20+year career in media. With a proven track record Karen is an experienced keynote speaker who energises teams and promotes diversity throughout the advertising and media industry to create vibrant company cultures.
Karen is a proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams, and consistently delivering business growth and success.
In September 2022, she was appointed as U.K President of WPP, the world’s largest marketing services group, following her roles as U.K. Country Manager for WPP and U.K. CEO of GroupM, the world’s leading media investment company.
Responsible for driving growth in WPP’s second-largest market of 10,000 people, as GroupM UK CEO, Karen managed the business at a critical time during the COVID global pandemic and the subsequent impact of the killing of George Floyd.
In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours and topped the Power List, being the first businesswoman to come in at number 1. Karen has recently been appointed NED for Diageo (FTSE Top 100 company) and was a former NED of The Cabinet Office.
Karen is a single mum of a beautiful 12-year-old boy, Isaac. The daughter of 2 Bajan parents, Karen regularly returns to her spiritual "home" Barbados and spends her weekends enjoying the outdoors and walking her two adorable dogs Bob Marley and Missy Elliot.
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What people said about Karen Blackett OBE
- "Karen clearly practices what she preaches - she arrived on time, was lovely to deal with. Her humility made a lasting impression on me."
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