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Isobar Canada Chief Creative Officer Kai Exos featured on the 2017 EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders list

26 May 2017

Toronto – Published yesterday in The Financial Times of London (UK), the 2017 EMpower: Ethnic Minority Leaders list, celebrates role models in the business world who are helping create a diversified landscape of talent. Kai Exos, CCO and Co-CEO at Isobar Canada, has made it to the list – the only Canadian executive - and was published in the top 50 honorees. “We are extremely proud of Kai’s recognition as a diversity champion,” said Annette Warring, Denstu Aegis Canada CEO. “More than ever we need diverse talent that reflects our global community and clients.”

Building on last year’s inaugural edition of the UPstanding Executive Power List, EMpower aims to celebrate and champion ethnic diversity in top business positions globally. The list recognizes 100 senior role models who are helping to make the workplace a more welcoming place.

Winners were selected by a global panel of judges representing BAME [Black, Asian and minority ethnic] leaders across industries who weighted the following criteria: [1] actions undertaken to make the workplace a more welcoming environment for ethnic minorities; [2] actions and impact of minority ethnic initiatives outside of work; [3] recent business achievements; and [4] seniority and influence in the business.

To help drive impactful actions for a more inclusive and diverse work environment, Dentsu Aegis Network Canada has forged solid partnerships with key players championing for equal opportunities including Pride at Work Canada, the leading non-profit organization supporting the LGBT community in Canadian workplaces, and the Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion, an organization dedicated to provide employer partners the tools, knowledge, and coaching to create more inclusive workplaces in the country. Exos advocates tirelessly for Diversity & Inclusion at Dentsu Aegis Canada. He continues to inspire and promote inclusive practices among all levels of management. He strives for a representative and diverse set of individuals in crafting advertising and media campaigns, and further into recruitment efforts to achieve equity while breaking down traditional industry barriers.

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For further information contact:

Claudia Gervais
Director of Communications
Dentsu Aegis Network Canada
T: +1 514-284-8465

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About Dentsu Aegis Network

Part of Dentsu Inc., Dentsu Aegis Network is made up of ten global network brands - Carat, Dentsu, Dentsu media, iProspect, Isobar, mcgarrybowen, Merkle, MKTG, Posterscope and Vizeum and supported by its specialist/multi-market brands. Dentsu Aegis Network is Innovating the Way Brands Are Built for its clients through its best-in-class expertise and capabilities in media, digital and creative communications services. Offering a distinctive and innovative range of products and services, Dentsu Aegis Network is headquartered in London and operates in 145 countries worldwide with around 35,000 dedicated specialists.

About EMpower:

EMpower is a professional membership organisation, helping corporate members drive greater BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) inclusion at all levels of their organisations. Founded in 2017, it provides powerful network connections, helping businesses create diverse and representative workplace environments where everyone can succeed. EMpower publishes role model lists annually in partnership with the Financial Times, celebrating 100 BAME business leaders and 30 BAME future leaders who are making great strides in ethnic diversity and inclusion both inside and outside the workplace.

Press coverage:

Grenier aux Nouvelles, Kai Exos nommé l’un des 100 meilleurs leaders de minorités ethniques (article available in French)

Isarta, Kai Exos, ambassadeur de la différence (article available in French)