Top 100 black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) business leaders
Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald tops the 2017 EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times
The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List was announced on May 25, 2017, alongside The EMpower 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, presented by the FT, as part of the ongoing ambition to address the diversity deficit at the very top of businesses.
EMpower, now in its second year, is a unique initiative that unites business leaders from across all BAME communities, showcasing the Top 100 BAME executives in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada. Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, tops the EMpower 100 list, with Karen Blackett, Chairwoman of Mediacom coming in second and Ron Kalifa, Deputy Chairman of Worldpay, ranked third.
The lists shine a light on BAME business leaders who are making great strides in driving the BAME agenda forward. These are the role models who inspire the BAME leaders of tomorrow.
2017 also sees the launch of the inaugural EMpower 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, which recognises and celebrates up and coming BAME leaders. This list is topped by Stephen Marshall, Head of Digital Communications at Sodexo with Charlene Brown, Employment Lawyer at BNY Mellon, ranking second.
The current landscape for BAME employees
Today just 4% of CEOs in FTSE 100 companies are minority-ethnic, despite the BAME community of the UK making up 14% of the working-age population. The picture isn’t much better in the US; the non-white population (including Hispanic and Middle Eastern) stands at 28%, while only 11% of CEOs at S&P 100 companies are people of colour.
Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO EMpower and OUTstanding, “There is a diversity deficit at the very top of organisations in both the UK and the US. We whole-heartedly believe that making diverse role models visible and celebrating them is the most powerful way to address this – demonstrating to the leaders of tomorrow exactly what is possible for minority ethnic groups. We’re extremely proud to be taking this important initiative into its second year. The EMpower message is clear: your ethnicity or background should not and will not be a barrier to your professional success.”
“It is a great honor to be included in this year’s EMpower 100,” said Carnival Corporation’s Donald, no.1 on The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List, who grew up in humble beginnings in New Orleans and who has become one of the travel and vacation industry’s most influential leaders as CEO of Carnival Corporation since July 2013. “I share this honor with our diverse team of brilliant and inspiring senior leaders at Carnival Corporation and our 120,000 dedicated employees from over 100 countries who support our 10 world-leading cruise line brands. As the world’s largest leisure travel company with a fleet of 103 cruise ships visiting over 700 global ports, we take great pride in connecting nearly 12 million annual guests with people, cultures and places from around the world to help foster better understanding and appreciation of each other. We are also very proud of the diversity of our workforce and believe that the power of diversity of thinking drives innovation, which is fueled by leveraging the knowledge and creativity of our rich backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to achieve common goals. We salute all of the honorees this year and applaud EMpower’s global efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”
Stephen Marshall, Head of Digital Communications at Sodexo and no. 1 on The EMpower 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, added, “I’m honoured to be recognised amongst my BAME peers for my achievements and delighted and surprised to not only be included on this list but receive the number one nomination. I work very hard in my professional life to deliver successful results and am passionate about helping others to develop. I’m ambitious to drive real change in the workplace where people from BAME backgrounds are accepted and have equal opportunities to develop and be selected for senior positons. While representation on this list is a great honour, its existence reflects the lack of diversity and under-representation of senior leaders that still exists within many businesses today. I hope that I and others from diverse backgrounds can change and level the playing field to pave the way for future BAME leaders.