Karen Blackett

CEO, GroupM

Karen is a proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams and consistently delivering business growth and success. She is U.K. Country Manager for WPP, the world’s largest marketing services group, and U.K. CEO of GroupM, the world’s leading media investment company.


In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours and topped the Power List, being the first woman to come in at number 1. In November 2018 Karen won the Inspirational Leader category at the Ethnicity Awards and was appointed Race Equality Business Champion by the U.K. Prime Minister.


In 2019 Karen was appointed as a Non-Executive Director for the U.K. Government Cabinet Office and has most recently been voted one of the Top 100 Great Black Britons.