Top 10 LGBT executives revealed

Top 10 LGBT executives revealed

The culture of an organisation starts at the top, so it is vital that an open-minded, and all-inclusive, way of working is promoted. 

Accordingly, a list of the top ten LGBT executives has been revealed by networking not-for-profit company OUTstanding and the Financial Times (FT).

This is the third consecutive year the organisations have partnered to publish a list of the top 100 leading LGBT Executives in the world.

Inga Beale is the Chief Executive Officer at Lloyd's of London and the person at the top of the list. The list included many other big names such as Alan Joyce (CEO of Qantas Airways) who came second, and Antonio Simoes (CEO at HSBC) who came third on the list. Chris Stening, Transformation Delivery Director at O2, came in at number 68.

Following this, Ann Pickering, HR Director at O2, spoke to Executive Grapevine about HRs role in supporting LGBT employees in the workplace. She commented: “HR plays a vital role in ensuring that businesses support their LGBT community and foster a diverse and inclusive workplace more generally.

“I believe we as HR professionals have an integral part to play in ensuring that the senior leadership team cultivates an open and inclusive culture, one in which everyone is free to be themselves at work. Secondly, HR also has an important role to play in putting in place the programmes that allow this diverse and inclusive environment to thrive.

“At O2, we’ve put a lot of time and effort into developing different initiatives and networks to do exactly that. Whether it’s our LGBT network, our carers’ network or our Women in Leadership programme, we’re committed to helping support each and every one of the diverse people that form the fabric of our organisation.”

A list of the top 10 LGBT Executives can be found below.

The 2015 OUTstanding & FT Leading LGBT executive power list top 10

  1. Inga Beale, CEO, Lloyd’s of London
  2. Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas
  3. António Simões, CEO, HSBC UK
  4. Martine Rothblatt, CEO, United Therapeutics
  5. Claudia Brind-Woody, IBM vice-president
  6. Paul Reed, CEO of BP’s integrated supply and trading business
  7. Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Ernst & Young global vice-chair
  8. Christopher Bailey, CEO, Burberry
  9. Anthony Watson, CEO, Uphold
  10. Sander van ‘t Noordende, CEO of Accenture’s products operating group

Following a recent Human Rights survey in America, more and more companies are including diversified benefits and compensation for LGBT employees. In an effort to prove their inclusivity prowess, businesses such as Netflix, Facebook and Tesla have revealed they are now offering procedures such as sex-reassignment and hormone therapy.


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