NABS, the non-profit support organisation for the advertising and media industry, has appointed MediaCom chairwoman Karen Blackett OBE as its new president.
NABS’ ambition is to champion the wellbeing of those within advertising and media by supporting individuals, creating a community and sharing expertise. Blackett will work to drive this new vision across the industry in her new role.
Blackett is at the forefront of the diversity conversation in the advertising and media industry, and has been recognised as Britain's most influential black person.
Within MediaCom, Blackett has driven the rise of the media agency’s own black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BAME) representation from 12 per cent to 19 per cent during her time in charge.
Blackett succeeds Stephen Miron, chief executive of Global Radio, after his two-and-a-half year presidency.
The organisation has also announced the appointment of Nigel Clarkson, Yahoo’s UK managing director and country commercial director, as a new NABS trustee, and Nicole O’Shea, News UK’s head of commercial, as NABS’ new North West chairwoman.
Speaking of her new appointment, Blackett said: "I strongly believe in the value that the advertising industry has in contributing to the UK economy, and feel that as an industry sector, we should be proud of our profession, whilst safeguarding the wellbeing of all of our incredible talent.
"Having a communication industry that reflects the UK in its make-up will help future proof our industry. We must ensure we champion diversity and focus on health and wellbeing in the workplace. This can help improve the bottom line for employers and maintain a healthy and happy workforce. These are issues very close to my heart."