NEW YORK: Omnicom Group has named Emily Graham as its chief equity and impact officer and SVP of diversity and inclusion communications, effective at the start of next year.
She will report to Omnicom chairman and CEO John Wren. Graham will replace Tiffany Warren, who left the network to join Sony Music Entertainment as its EVP and chief diversity and inclusion officer in October.
“I want to make a systemic impact across the 75,000 employees and more than 1,300 agencies of Omnicom,” Graham said. “That is massive, and we need to move faster and with more urgency. This is a good opportunity for Omnicom to lead in this business. I think that our power could be unleashed to make a difference for people who look like me but who never saw themselves in this industry.”
Graham will be in charge of Omnicom’s OPEN leadership team, which provides structure, support, counsel and visibility to DEI initiatives and policies at the holding company. It works both internally and with clients.
Among her first priorities will be rallying the holding company’s DEI leaders “because they are on the front lines of a very hard job. It’s not easy. It is challenging and rewarding and comes with a lot of complexity,” she said.
Graham added that she will look for opportunities to “up level” the holding company’s existing DEI initiatives.
“For me that’s about a culture of retention and systemic equity,” she added.
Graham is currently chief diversity and inclusion officer at FleishmanHillard, a position she assumed in July.
Fleishman president and CEO John Saunders praised Graham’s impact on DEI at the agency and said it is planning to fill her position. In the interim, it will name a member of the agency’s leadership cabinet to fill the gap.
Graham has also worked at MWWPR and BCW predecessor Burson-Marsteller.
Driven down by the COVID-19 pandemic, Omnicom’s revenue dropped 11.7% organically in Q3 to $3.2 billion, while its PR firms posted a revenue decrease of 3.4% to $322.8 million.
This story was updated on December 15 with additional information and quotes from Graham.