Agency Holding Companies By the Numbers: Where Women Stand

Women Hold Nearly 55% of IPG Management Positions

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Omnicom: Women make up 54% of its U.S. managers, and 40% of Omnicom's top-performing DAS network agencies are run by women, CEO John Wren said in a recent earnings call. The holding company's 12 independent directors include four women and two minority members, and Omnicom agency BBDO plans to double its number of senior women creatives in the next year. Additionally, Omnicom has 12 executives focused on diversity initiatives.

Interpublic Group of Cos.: IPG CEO Michael Roth said during the holding company's first-quarter earnings call that the company has made "a long-term commitment to improvement as it relates to diversity and inclusion," including inter-agency Diversity & Inclusion Business Resource Groups. Women hold nearly 55% of IPG management positions, with 20% being held by people of color, which Mr. Roth said he believes are "industry-leading results." He added that the company knows it still has work to do regarding diversity and inclusion. "And, unlike so many companies, we stand by our record of taking decisive action and enforcing accountability around Diversity & Inclusion -- particularly in those cases of behavior by senior executives that run counter to the kinds of values for which we should all stand," he said.

WPP Group: According to WPP's 2014/2015 Sustainability Report, women make up 31% of executive leaders and 46% of senior managers within the group's operating companies. As of February 2015, the report says, women comprised 29% of the WPP board and 33% of non-executive directors, in line with its goal of making sure 30% of non-executive directors are women. Earlier this month, J. Walter Thompson CEO Tamara Ingram created and will lead a global executive diversity and inclusion council for the agency.

Publicis Groupe: As of 2015, Publicis Groupe's overall headcount consisted of 50.7% men and 49.3% women; more than half (54%) of its Supervisory Board are women. In a recent message to staffers, Publicis CEO Maurice Levy said the company has 38% of women in executive positions, adding that he knows "we must go the extra mile so that this number is higher, especially for top positions." Mr. Levy said in the message that he's proud that the group's largest agencies are managed by women.

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