MediaCom UK CEO Karen Blackett has become the first businesswoman to claim top spot in the UK Powerlist 2015. The Powerlist ranks influential black figures in the UK.
Last year Ms Blackett oversaw billings of over £1bn for the UK’s biggest media-buying and planning agency, handling projects for household names like Sky, and Audi.
This year, she has also received an OBE in the Queen’s honours list as well as being a finalist in the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman awards.
Ms Blackett, 42, beat Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna, director Steve McQueen, Luther star Idris Elba and Sports Personality of the Year Lewis Hamilton in the list; an inspiration for anyone who has struggled with adversity.