Winq Publishing Editor makes the 2016 OUTstanding Leading 100 LGBT+ Executive List, presented by the Financial Times.
Darren Styles, the Publishing Editor of Winq magazine, has today been named as one of 2016’s OUTstanding Leading 100 LGBT+ Executives on the annual power list presented by the Financial Times.
The magazine entrepreneur who acquired Attitude magazine just last month sits at number 74 on a list that is topped by Gigi Chao, Vice Chairman of real estate giant Cheuk Nang, who becomes the first Asian business leader to head the rankings. She was thrust into the spotlight in 2012 when her property tycoon father publically offered a HK$500 million reward to any man who could convince his lesbian daughter to marry him.
Other famous faces on the among the OUTstanding 100 include David Furnish (Rocket Entertainment Group), Mary Portas (the Portas Agency) and Christopher Bailey (Burberry), while valued supporters of Stream titles present include Mark Anderson (Virgin Holidays), Denny Tu (Sky), Steve Wardlaw (Emerald Life), Tim Millward (Extrastaff) and Roja Dove (Roja Parfums).
The full list can be found here.
Says Darren Styles:
“When you see your name and organisation in such company it takes a while to register, but I am proud and thrilled to be included among so many people for whom I have the greatest admiration.
“I couldn’t imagine creating a working environment in which any individual couldn’t be who they are, in order that they flourish and find fulfilment. I want the best for them and, selfishly, the best for me – and that means finding space to celebrate the individual who wants to be out and proud.
“And my experience, I have to say, is that my customer publishing clients – airlines, car manufacturers, cruise lines and retailers – and those who read and support Attitude and Winq magazines wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The OUTstanding nomination in full:
“Darren is fully out to his colleagues and clients and encourages everyone he works with to be authentic and the best leaders they can be. He has recruited a team of people who are the best at what they do and happen to be a proud mix of boys and girls who are gay, straight and bisexual.
“Externally, he is a Patron of, and has raised more than £200,000 for, the Elton John AIDS Foundation. He also promotes and contributes to both the Peter Tatchell Foundation and The Albert Kennedy Trust. Additionally he has previously produced, without fee, the Official Guide to Pride London.
“His work for these organisations, and that of his business, has seen him appointed by Downing Street as one of 20 or so Ambassadors to the GREAT Campaign.”
Says CEO and founder of OUTstanding, Suki Sandhu:
“Large corporations have the power and influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion and pave the way for real societal change around the world. By recognising the impact of those who are leading the charge, the OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executives and LGBT+ Future Leaders Lists continue to inspire both businesses and individuals to drive LGBT+ equality forward.
“OUTstanding exists to challenge the assumption that you cannot be out and successful in business, to create role models that will inspire the next generation of business leaders and to encourage companies to use their far reaching voices for good.”
How the OUTstanding lists are compiled:
“All of the 2016 Leading role models were nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were then reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel, consisting of: Lord Browne, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy, and former CEO, BP; Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images; Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK; Harriet Green, General Manager of Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education IBM; Vicki Culpin, Global Dean of Research, Hult International Business School; Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, OUTstanding; and Carola Hoyos, Editor of the Executive Appointments section, Non Executive Directors Club, Financial Times.
“Each person was scored on the seniority and influence of their role, their impact on LGBT+ inclusion inside and outside the workplace and their business achievements. Everyone included in the list has given their explicit permission to be included. For the Leading LGBT+ executives and Leading ally executive lists, the nominee’s seniority and influence was taken into consideration.
“They must be visibly out, or a vocal ally, actively working to create an environment where LGBT+ people can comfortably bring their best professional selves to work. It was important that people were working towards this goal over and above their day job, which made it hard for the judges to consider diversity and inclusion professionals, however deserving.”
To find out more about OUTstanding, pick up the October/November issue of Winq and turn to page 140 for our interview with founder Suki Sandhu.
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