Christopher Bailey tops OUTstanding list of 100 LGBT business leaders

The Burberry boss is the FTSE 100's first openly gay chief executive, while Sir Richard Branson is OUTstanding's number one ally.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 28 Jun 2016

Burberry boss Christopher Bailey has topped a list of 100 UK LGBT business leaders, as the first ‘out’ chief executive of a FTSE 100 company, while billionaire Sir Richard Branson (who's he...?) has been named as the number one straight ally.

Antonio Simoes, HSBC’s UK chief exec, took second place in the list, compiled by LGBT business network OUTstanding, while EY global vice chair of public policy Beth Brooke-Marciniak came in third. The list also features transgender business leaders for the first time, with three making the top 100.

Alongside Branson in the top 20 straight supporters of LGBT equality in the workplace was Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein and JP Morgan Chase chief exec Jamie Dimon, indicating maybe the overly macho stereotype of investment banking is finally being put to bed.

Former BP chief exec Lord Browne, whose book ‘The Glass Closet’ was published earlier this year, Yahoo vice president Dawn Airey, Thomas Cook boss Harriet Green and Ashok Vaswani, Barclays’ head of personal and corporate banking, were ‘reluctantly omitted’ from the lists, as they are on OUTstanding’s advisory panel.

‘If closeted employees can identify with someone who has been through the closet door and succeeded, then they are more likely to let go of the fears that hold them back,’ Browne said. ‘OUTstanding and the Top 100 list provide the role models which demonstrate that coming out at work is both possible and worthwhile.’

‘A diverse leadership team is essential and brings real business benefit – there is nothing more dangerous than ‘groupthink’,’ Green said. ‘If every leader, for example, is a white, British, heterosexual male then the views of the majority of the world’s population are not heard or considered in important decisions.’

Those on the lists, first published in the FT, were nominated by colleagues and peers and ranked according to their support for LGBT equality both inside and outside their workplace, as well as their seniority and business achievements. This year was the first time OUTstanding included straight allies, and the list was also doubled in size.

HSBC UK chief executive Antonio Simoes

The OUTstanding top 100

1. Christopher Bailey, Burberry, Chief creative and chief executive
2. Antonio Simoes, HSBC, Chief executive UK
3. Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY, Global vice chair, public policy
4. Anthony Watson, Nike, Global chief information officer
5. Stephen Clarke, WHSmith, Chief executive
6 Jason Grenfell-Gardner, IGI Laboratories, President & chief executive
7. Alex Schultz, Facebook, Vice-president, growth
8. Paul Reed, BP IST, Chief executive
9. Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment, Chairman
10. Claudia Brind-Woody, IBM, Vice-president & managing director, global intellectual property licensing
11. Brian Bickell, Shaftesbury, Chief executive
12. Dan Fitz, BT, Group general counsel & company secretary
13. Trevor Burgess, C1 Bank, Chief executive
14. Sally Susman, Pfizer, Executive vice president, corporate affairs
15. Mary Portas, Portas Agency, Chief creative officer
16. Charles Allen, Global Radio, Chairman
17. Arjan Dijk, Google, Vice president, marketing
18. Robert Annibale, Citi, Global director, Citi microfinance & community development
19. Faried Chopdat, SAB Miller, Global business services deployment lead
20. Neil Tallantire, Diageo, Global portfolio director
21. Joseph Evangelisti, JP Morgan Chase, Chief communications officer
22. Robert Hanson, John Hardy, Chief executive
23. Jan Gooding, Aviva, Group brand director
24. Mary Jo Abler, 3M Unitek, Vice-president and general manager
25. Julie Hogan, NCR Corporation, Vice-president, North America services delivery
26. Liz Bingham, EY, Managing partner for talent
27. Josh Graff, LinkedIn, Senior director, marketing solutions, EMEA
28. David Isaac, Pinsent Masons, Partner & global sector head
29. Paul Wood, Bloomberg, Chief risk & compliance officer
30. Angela Darlington, Aviva, Chief risk officer, UK Life
31. Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills, Global head of practice, dispute resolution
32. Louis Vega, Dow Chemicals, Chief of staff
33. Simon Millson, British American Tobacco, Group head of corporate affairs
34. Michael Rowe, Slaughter & May, Partner, head of competition litigation
35. Jim McEleney, BNY Mellon, Chief operating officer, EMEA
36. Tim Baxter, Standard Chartered Bank, Global head of communications
37. Richard Beaven, Lloyds Banking, Insurance operations director
38. Jo Rzymowska, Celebrity Cruises, Managing director, UK & Ireland
39. Crawford Prentice, M&S Banking, Deputy chief executive
40. Antonia Belcher, MHBC, Founding partner
41. Jim Ford, Allen & Overy, Partner, head of corporate intellectual property
42. Andrew Williams-Fry, Gatwick Airports, Chief economist
43. Guy Black, Telegraph Media Group, Executive director
44. Jonathan Mildenhall, Airbnb, Chief marketing officer
45. Dan Perlet, EE, Director of corporate and financial affairs
46. Peter Zorn, Deutsche Bank, Managing director, group technology and operations
47. Margaret Stumpp, QM Associates, Senior adviser
48. Mark Q McLane, Barclays, Managing director, global head of diversity and inclusion
49. Dennis Layton, McKinsey, Partner
50. Margot Slattery, Sodexo, Managing director corporate services, Ireland & Northern Ireland
51. Debbie Gupta, NEST, Managing director, corporate services
52. Marianne Roling, Microsoft, General manager, small & medium market solutions and partners business, central and eastern Europe
53. Phil Kleweno, Bain & Company, Partner
54. Daniel Winterfeldt, CMS Cameron McKenna, Head of international capital markets and D&I partner
55. Chris Stening, Telefonica UK, Transitional services director
56. Michael Brunt, The Economist, Executive vice-president & managing director, global circulation
57. Sadiq Gillani, Lufthansa, Senior vice-president and chief strategy officer
58. Mike Hoban, Morrisons, Brand and communications director
59. Matthew Flood, Balfour Beatty, General counsel and divisional manager, services division
60. Alison McFadyen, Standard Chartered Bank, Head of governance, west
61. Patrick Rowe, Accenture, Deputy general counsel
62. Elyse Cherry, Boston Community Capital, Chief executive officer
63. Michiel Kolman, Elsevier, Senior vice-president, global academic relations
64. Denny Tu, British Sky Broadcasting, Head of strategy & planning
65. Veit Schuhen, Maitland, Group Chief operating officer
66. Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Regional managing partner
67. Sandy Gould, Yahoo, Head of recruiting, senior vice-president of talent acquisition
68. Matt Batham, Deloitte, Senior tax partner
69. Scott McGregor, Camco Clean Energy, Chief executive
70. Jeffrey Krogh, BNP Paribas, Managing director, media & telecom finance, London
71. Vincent François, Société Générale, Regional group chief audit executive
72. Mike Anderson, Coutts, Managing director, wealth manager
73. Renee Brown, Wells Fargo, Senior vice-president, director of enterprise social media
74. Rob Hudson, British Land Co, Group financial controller
75. Jeff Davis, Barclays, Managing director, global head of sales & trading
76. Steven Wardlaw, Baker Botts, Partner in charge, London office
77. Richard Cristofoli, Debenhams, Marketing director
78. Julia Hoggett, Financial Conduct Authority, Head of investment banking department
79. Tim Hailes, JP Morgan, Managing director & associate general counsel
80. Harry Rich, Royal Institute of British Architects, Chief executive officer
81. Steven Cox, Fujitsu, Executive director, public sector
82. Nicolas Patrick, DLA Piper, Partner, head of pro bono & corporate responsibility, international
83. Andy Woodfield, PwC, Partner
84. Svetlana Omelchenko, Coty, Vice-president, global marketing insights
85. Tim Fetherston-Dilke, Accenture, Finance director for UK & Ireland
86. Peter Murray, Arup, Head of government affairs
87. Jacqueline Davies, Financial Conduct Authority, Human resources director
88. Harry Small, Baker & McKenzie, Partner, global head of information technology & commercial practice
89. Nicholas Creswell, Thomson Reuters, Vice-president, performance & talent management
90. Robert Kerse, Circle Housing, Executive director, resources
91. Siobhan Martin, Mercer, Executive director, human resources
92. Audrey Connolly, Lloyds Banking, Head of FOS operations
93. Darren Towers, EDF Energy, Head of sustainability & environmental leadership
94. Michael Chissick, Fieldfisher, Managing partner
95. Mark Aldridge, Jacques Vert Group, Group marketing director
96. Isabella Segal, Nyman Libson Paul, Partner
97. David Lyon, Tony Blair Associates, Board managing director
98. Tim Millward, Extrastaff, Chief executive officer
99. Pierre Landy, Yahoo, Deputy general counsel, EMEA
100. Andrew Nicolls, Hudson Sandler, Vice-chairman

Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY's global vice chair of public policy

OUTstanding’s top 20 straight allies

1. Richard Branson, Virgin Group, Founder & chief executive
2. Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs, Chairman & chief executive
3. Valerie Sorrano Keating, Barclays, Chief executive, Barclaycard
4. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, Founder & chief executive
5. Paul Polman, Unilever, Chief executive
6. Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase, Chairman & chief executive
7. Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM, Chairman, IBM Europe
8. Nicola Rabson, Linklaters, Partner, employment & incentives
9. Maria Leistner, Credit Suisse, General counsel, EMEA
10. Colin Grassie, Deutsche Bank, Chief executive, UK
11. Howard Ungerleider, The Dow Chemical Company, Chief financial officer
12. Kirsty Bashforth, BP, Head of organisational effectiveness
13. Steve Varley, EY, Chair & partner, UK & Ireland
14. Sharon Thorne, Deloitte, Managing partner, regional markets
15. Philip Clement, Aon, Global chief marketing & communications officer
16. Chris Saul, Slaughter & May, Senior partner
17. Nicolas Aubert, AIG, Chief operating officer for EMEA
18. Fiona Woolf, The Corporation of London, Lord Mayor of London
19. David Richards, Standard Chartered Bank, Managing director, structured finance
20. Ollie Roberts, SABMiller, Director HR, corporate offices

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