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OUTstanding opens nominations

joseph gallianoDo you know an outstanding LGBT business person? Now is the time to nominate them in the second, annual OUTstanding LGBT business executives list. Following the success of last year’s inaugural Top 50, OUTstanding – the not-for-profit professional network for LGBT and ally executives – will this year be compiling a top 100, to be announced in the Financial Times in October 2014.

The Top 100 list will serve to highlight role models that will inspire the next generation of leaders, and will recognize those who are “proving the true value of authentic leadership.” Heading the 2013 inaugural list was Antonio Simoes, Head of HSBC UK, followed by Beth Brooke (Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY) with Paul Reed (CEO, BP IST) in third place.
OUTstanding in Business was founded by Suki Sandhu, who believes that the OUTstanding business executives list is an important addition to the growing debate around diversity in business – particularly in the boardroom. OUTstanding was founded in June 2013 and its corporate members include Barclays, BP, EY, Google, and IBM. To help advance its work, OUTstanding has just appointed former Gay Times editor Joseph Galliano [pictured] as its new deputy CEO. Galliano will lead the team creating the inspiring events, research and mentoring programmes for OUTstanding’s members. He will also play an integral role in the compilation of this year’s Top 100 LGBT business.
Galliano said, “Harnessing the talent of all executives and allowing them to be themselves brings huge advantages to our companies, our economy, our society and more importantly, for the individuals themselves. I find it astonishing there are currently still no openly LGBT CEOs in any FTSE 100 companies and we need this to change if businesses are to reflect and serve the wider society in which they operate. The upcoming appointment of Christopher Bailey at Burberry is clearly a step in the right direction. I joined OUTstanding because it shares this passion and has a clear strategy of inspiring, connecting, informing and mentoring business executives and companies in place to achieve this.”

To nominate yourself or someone you know for consideration in this year’s OUTstanding Top 100, go to http://www.out-standing.org/top-50/nomination-page/

Posted: 30 April 2014

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