CEO AND FOUNDER, REPRESENTNATION
Her most recent 15 years were at Omnicom – a global leader in marketing communications – where she held 3 roles simultaneously though latterly her greatest focus was leading D&I across 50+ businesses / C-suites and 9,000 employees. Sam’s parallel roles were CMO of Omnicom Media Group UK and Assistant Dean (global) of Omnicom University – Omnicom’s global Executive Education leadership programme in conjunction with Harvard Business School professors.
Prior to joining Omnicom Sam spent nine years as Marketing Director of Time Inc / Head of Marketing at ITV. She cut her teeth at creative agencies J. Walter Thompson and TBWA.
Sam has spoken about leadership, diversity and inclusion at 10, Downing Street, the Council of Europe and the Global Festival of Media and has just finished her tenure as the UK Government appointed ‘Champion for Disability’. She is a Trustee of the coronavirus-focused National Bereavement Partnership and sits on the Development Board of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). She has been the recipient of ‘Trailblazer for Change’, ‘Women To Watch, Europe’ and ‘People Of The Year’ awards. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising for her services to diversity across the communications landscape.
Sam is widowed with three children – Max (who has Down’s Syndrome), Ted (who has ADHD) and Tallulah (who is adopted from Russia).