Since 2013, the OUTstanding lists, presented by the FT, have been celebrating those LGBT executives and allies who are not only successful in their careers but are also creating supportive workplaces for other LGBT people.

We have recognised LGBT future leaders and straight ally executives too, and this year we have our first list of LGBT workers from the public and third sectors.

While trans representation has increased since 2013, the lists are still dominated by gay men (100, compared with 28 who identified as lesbian, 10 as trans and seven as bisexual).

A few industries loom large too: there are 63 people from financial services and 28 each from technology and professional services, but only seven from real estate and construction and six from pharmaceuticals.

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Top 100 LGBT+ Executives
RankFull NameCompanyJob Title
1Alan JoyceQantasCEO
2Stacey FriedmanJPMorgan ChaseGeneral Counsel
3Jim FitterlingDowDuPontChief Operating Officer for Material Sciences
4Gigi ChaoCheuk Nang (Holdings) LtdExecutive Vice Chairman
5Dr Vivienne MingSocos LLCManaging Partner
6Inga BealeLloyd’s of LondonCEO
7Martine RothblattUnited Therapeutics CorpCEO
8Jan SiegmundADPChief Financial Officer
9Dr Siobhan MartinMercerExecutive Director — HR UK & Ireland
10David HynamBupa UKCEO
11Louis VegaDow Chemical CoPresident Dow Australia & New Zealand
12Michael Salter-ChurchOpen ReachHead of External Affairs and Policy
13Daniel GerringTravers SmithPartner, Head of Pensions
14Peter ArvaiPreziCEO & Co-Founder
15Stephen ClarkeWH SmithCEO
16Josh GraffLinkedInEMEA VP for Marketing Solutions
17Philip O’FerrallViacom InternationalExecutive Vice President/MD
18David FurnishRocket EntertainmentCEO
19Christopher BaileyBurberryChief Creative Officer
20Sander van ‘t NoordendeAccentureGroup Chief Executive, Products
21Stephen DayBurson-MarstellerChief Executive Officer, UK
22Brian Bickell Shaftesbury Chief Executive
23Margot SlatterySodexo UK & IrelandCountry President — Ireland
24Geoff GodwinAIGUK Chief Operating Officer
25Bethmara KesslerCampbell Soup CoSVP, Integrated Global Services
26Cliff HopkinsInstagramGlobal Head of Marketing
27David IsaacPinsent Masons LLPPartner
28Ken JanssensJPMorganManaging Director
29Jim FordAllen & OveryPartner
30Robert HansonJohn HardyCEO
31Alex SchultzFacebookVP Growth Marketing
32Daisy ReevesBerwin Leighton PaisnerPartner
33Amanda McKayBalfour BeattyQuality Director Major Projects
34Dan FitzBTGroup GC & Company Secretary
35Tudor HavriliucFacebookVice President, Human Resources
36Elliot VaughnBoston Consulting GroupPartner
37Deborah SherryGE DigitalSenior VP and Chief Commercial Officer
38Angela DarlingtonAvivaGroup Chief Risk Officer
39Mark AndersonVirgin AtlanticExecutive Vice President — Customer
40Ali BerrymanBarclaysMD, Head of Card Services, UK Cards
41Suresh RajZeno GroupMD, Global Business Development
42Ben FoatPost OfficeGroup Legal Director
43Lawrence SpicerRBCVP, Audit, Personal & Commercial Banking
44Alan MasonBlackRockMD, Head of Americas ETF
45Bob AnnibaleCitiGlobal Director of Citi Inclusive Finance
46Cynthia FortlageGHY InternationalVice President Information Technology
47Deian RhysSimmons & SimmonsPartner
48Iain AndersonCicero GroupExecutive Chairman
49Gerry StoneBank of AmericaCOO, Global Banking & Market Operations
50John CliffordMcMillan LLPSenior Partner
51Antonia BelcherMHBC LLPSenior Partner
52Jon MillerBrunswick GroupPartner
53Justin D’AgostinoHerbert Smith FreehillsGlobal Head of Disputes
54Moriaki KidaEYDeputy Area Managing Partner
55Sally SusmanPfizerExecutive Vice-President — Corporate Affairs
56James MillerGBG Chief People Officer
57David LevineDisneyGM, Disney Channels UK & Ireland
58Marion McDonaldOgilvyChief Strategy Officer, APAC
59David ShelleyHachette UKCEO, Orion and Little, Brown
60John BasnageHogan LovellsPartner, Head of US Securities
61Kevin JenkinsVisaManaging Director, UK & Ireland
62Marianne RolingMicrosoftGM Central and Eastern Europe
63Cynthia Armine-KleinFirst DataExecutive VP — Chief Control Officer
64Dan PerletAmazonDirector of Communications, UK
65Nicci Takem62 vincisCEO
66Steve WardlawEmerald LifeChairman
67Liesbeth BothaPwCStrategic Digital Transformation Leader
68Simon AlthamWyndham Vacation RentalsManaging Director — Revenue
69Mark S BonhamBonham & CoPresident
70Shachar GrembekReps AIFounder and CTO
71Pips BunceCredit SuisseDirector
72Matt ScarffITVDirector of ITV Creative & Events
73Tim EhingerAmerican ExpressSVP and Chief Counsel, International
74Kevin GoodmanBabcock InternationalExecutive Director
75Steven ChanState Street Asia LtdMD Regional Head of Regulatory & Government Affairs
76Tim MillwardExtraStaffCEO
77Wesley BizzellAltriaAssistant GC
78Adam RowseBarclaysHead of Business Banking
79Dario ParenteBNY MellonMD, EMEA Strategic Programmes
80Masa YanagisawaDeutsche BankCo-head of APAC Capital Introduction
81Emma CusdinAvivaPeople Director
82Hayley SudburyWERKINFounder & CEO
83Jeffrey KroghBNP ParibasManaging Director
84Michael SossoBPAssociate GC — Downstream & Shipping
85Narind SinghClifford ChancePartner
86Dr Debra WilfongBPVP, Formulated Products Technology
87Nicholas CollinsTelstraDirector, Global Customer & Sales Operations
88James FrostGay TimesCEO
89Darren StylesStream Publishing LtdManaging Director
90Simon LinaresDirect Line GroupGroup HR Director
91Christy O’GaughanRoche FranceHead of Business Analytics & Insights
92Abby FiorellaMastercardGeneral Auditor
93Martin SteadNutmegCEO

Amy Borsetti

LinkedInSenior Director Global Sales Readiness
95Pedro FradeHSBCGeneral Counsel Brazil and Argentina
96Greg LoweAonGlobal Head of Resilience and Sustainability
97Kimberley BirdLloyd’s Banking GroupDirector of Group Operations Systems
98Jorge PikunicCentricaMD Distributed Energy and Power
99Richard BeavenSwinton GroupDistribution Director
100Daniel WinterfeldtReed SmithGlobal Capital Markets Partner
Top 50 Ally Executives
RankFull nameCompanyJob Title
1Denise Morrison Campbell Soup Co President and CEO
2Jose Berenguer JPMorgan CEO Brazil
3Paul Polman Unilever CEO
4Andrew Liveris DowDuPont Executive Chairman
5Jean-Laurent Bonnafé BNP Paribas Group CEO
6Cathy Bessant Bank of America Chief Operations & Technology Officer
7Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Founder & CEO
8Rekha M Menon Accenture India Chairman and Senior Managing Director
9Sue Fox M&S Bank CEO
10Mark Wilson Aviva Group CEO
11Chris Grigg British Land CEO
12James Harris Mott MacDonald Managing Director, UK & Europe
13Rhian-Mari Thomas Barclays MD, Chairman Barclays Green Banking Council
14Peter T Grauer Bloomberg Executive Chairman
15Patrick Vallance GSK President, Pharmaceuticals R&D
16James Forese Citi President
17Howard Ungerleider DowDuPontVice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
18Michael Cole-Fontayn BNY Mellon Executive Vice President, Chairman EMEA
19Richard Arnold Manchester United Managing Director
20Mitchell Harris BNY Mellon CEO Investment Management
21Greg Case AonPresident and CEO
22Jennifer Rademaker Mastercard Executive Vice President — Global Customer Delivery
23Anne Sheehan Vodafone Enterprise Director
24Hannah Grove State Street Chief Marketing Officer
25Philip Clement Aon CMO
26Mark McCombe BlackRock Senior Managing Director, Head of the Americas
27Anna Cross Barclays CFO Barclays UK
28Danny Harmer Metro Bank Chief People Officer
29Jim Herbert Aon Chief Development Officer ARS EMEA
30Sarah Morris Aviva Chief People Officer
31Kim Newell ChebatorState StreetEVP, EMEA CAO
32Peter HarrisonSchrodersGroup CEO
33Kent WassonGoldman SachsMD
34Paul GeddesDirect Line GroupCEO
35Matt ElliottVirgin MoneyPeople Director
36Sharon ThorneDeloitteDeputy CEO and Managing Partner, Global & Strategy for Deloitte North West Europe
37Neta FellerNatural IntelligenceVP Human Resources
38Eileen TaylorDeutsche BankGlobal Head of Regulatory Management
39Mike GamsonLinkedInSenior VP Global Solutions
40Heidi McCormackEmerald LifeCEO
41Dan KleinMicrosoftHead of Global OEM Operations
42Jenny DearbornSAPSenior Vice President, Global Head: Leadership, Organizational Development, Talent & Learning
43Tommy StadlenPolaroid SwingCo-Founder
44Allan WardropHogan LovellsPartner
45Karin CookLloyd’s Banking GroupGroup Director
46Richard Kirkman Veolia Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
47Kevin MartinHSBCGroup General Manager, Regional Head of Retail Banking & Wealth Management Asia-Pacific
48Ollie RobertsAB InBevVice President, People, Integration
49Wendy MurphyLinkedInSenior Director HR EMEA
50Susan AllenSantanderHead of Retail Distribution
Top 50 Future Leaders
RankFull NameCompanyJob Title
1Stuart BaretteHSBCGlobal CMB IT Programme Manager
2Phoebe BloomfieldAviva InvestorsPeople Talent Partner
3Robert RonnebergerBlackRockAssociate, Corporate Strategy
4Sayid AbdullaevGoogleAssociate Product Marketing Manager
5Anthony ShopSocial DriverChief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder
6Alberto PinoDow Chemical CoConsumerism Value Chain Manager
7Krishna OmkarSlaughter and MayAssociate
8Daniel RicardPwCEMEA Human Capital Project Manager
9Anjeli PatelEYSenior Consultant, People Advisory Services
10Peter FoleyMercerSenior Associate
11Darren BeaumontDeutsche BankVice President — Technology Product Manager
12Nicholas DeakinCitiInvestment Banking Associate
13Daniel KohBP Commercial Developer
14Ramkrishna SinhaIntelGraphics Hardware Engineer
15Billy KamberisBarclaysHead of Sales, Service & Performance — GTB
16Harjit SagguDeutsche BankVice President
17Brendan WallsLinkedInDirector Global Customer Operations
18Herman DuarteHDuarte-LEX & Fundacion IgualitosFounder
19Asako KawamuraEYSenior Consultant
20Lauren PeelAvivaCustomer Propositions Manager
21Cory ValenteDow Chemical CoR&D Leader
22Dane RennerWoodside EnergyManagement of Change Lead
23Joao BevilacquaLinkedInHead of Sales Operations, Latin America
24Daniel DochertyBank of America Merrill LynchVice President, Business Support Manager
25Jonathan AndrewsReed SmithTrainee Solicitor
26Ben CawleyStandard CharteredSenior Account Manager
27Jonni LearoydEdelman HR Operations Manager
28Paul MaceyBritish LandProperty Finance Director
29Christina RileyBalfour BeattySenior Planner
30Filipe RoloffSAPCustomer Success Manager
31Isabella BardswellIBMHead of European Agile Centre of Excellence, Associate Partner
32Samantha Jayne NelsonMarshRisk Engineer
33Jason SloanGSKOrganisational Development Consultant
34Mark DarbySalesforceStrategic Consulting Team Lead
35Amanda B WalkerJP Morgan ChaseBusiness Manager, Equities and Fixed Income Financing
36Tuvia BorokGoldman SachsExecutive Director and Senior Counsel
37Celine TanHSBCSenior Vice President and Client Services Manager, HSS Securities Services
38Sharon SlingerCarillionSector Commercial Lead
39Danielle PiergalliniAmerican AirlinesExecutive Vice President — Customer
40Cortland RussellAccentureSoutheast US Program and Operations Manager
41Joanna WalkerVirgin MoneyRegional Facilities Manager
42Andrew PorterDiageo PlcRecruitment Transformation Lead
43Joanne LeggeBPIT&S Manager, Corporate Functions
44Dom MooreBarclaysSenior Project Manager, Advocacy Transformation
45Adir RonMicrosoftOpen Source Division Lead
46Filipe Mota da SilvaTataHead Business Development — Natural Resources
47Jeremy SeeffEpstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)Associate
48Alice DelahuntBurberryDirector of Digital and Social Marketing
49Marion BentataState StreetSenior Credit Officer — Assistant Vice President

The FT and OUTstanding have decided to remove Josh Rivers, former marketing manager and editor of Gay Times magazine, from the OUTstanding Future Leaders list after his offensive tweets came to light. Inclusion in the OUTstanding lists is for those who have worked consistently to promote inclusive attitudes.

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Top 20 Public sector
RankFull nameCompanyJob title
1Dinesh Bhugra CBEWorld Psychiatric AssociationPresident
2Maura HealeyMassachusetts Attorney General’s OfficeAttorney General
3Lee MarshallChurch of England Pensions BoardChief of Staff
4Antonio ZappullaThomson Reuters FoundationChief Operating Officer
5Tammy SmithUS MilitaryMajor General
6Professor Gill ValentineUniversity of SheffieldInterim Provost and Deputy VC
7Carole AndersonGolden Jubilee FoundationHead of Strategy and Performance
8Alan Gemmell OBEBritish CouncilDirector, India
9Ken BattyEast London Healthcare TrustNon Executive Director
10Craig BeaumontFederation of Small BusinessesHead of External Affairs, UK
11Martin ShanahanIDA IrelandCEO
12Aziz RashidBBC@MediaCityUKHead of BBC North West
13Malcolm PressManchester Metropolitan UniversityVice-Chancellor
14Dr Neil BentleyWorldSkills UKCEO
15Rob Salter-ChurchOfgemPartner, Consumers and Competition
16Polly ShuteTogether for Short LivesExecutive Fundraising Director
17Tony LloydADHD FoundationCEO
18Eric ShawWashington DC Office of PlanningDirector
19Carolyn ReganWest London Mental Health TrustChief Executive
20Neil BuckleyLegal Services BoardChief Executive

Judges and methodology

Nominations were reviewed by the OUTstanding judging panel.

  • Dawn Airey, chief executive, Getty Images
  • Lord Browne, executive chairman, L1 Energy, and former chief executive, BP
  • Vicki Culpin, professor of organisation behaviour, Ashridge Executive Education
  • Harriet Green, general manager, Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education, IBM
  • Suki Sandhu, founder and chief executive, OUTstanding
  • Josh Spero, deputy editor, Special Reports, Financial Times
  • Ashok Vaswani, chief executive, Barclays UK

Each nominee 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 permission to be included.

For the leading LGBT+ executive and ally executive lists, the nominee’s seniority and influence were taken into consideration. They must be visibly out or a vocal ally, actively working to create a positive environment for LGBT+ people.

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.

Future leaders are high-performing and high-potential individuals, but can be at various levels in their careers. A stronger emphasis was placed on their work regarding LGBT+ inclusion rather than their seniority.

Suki Sandhu, founder and chief executive of OUTstanding, explains the significance of this year’s lists: “There is no doubt that 2017 has been a difficult year for the LGBT+ cause. Yet the increased diversity within the lists and abundance of new faces shows the impact and power of role models across the globe.

“I’m so proud to be celebrating more role models than ever before, and to be expanding our reach beyond the corporate world and into the public sector. When asked where I see the future of OUTstanding, I always say a world where we’re no longer needed. While we’re not quite there yet, the work of our incredible leaders is taking us in the right direction.”

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