MATRIX SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT: RENETTA MCCANN

Chief Inclusion Experience Officer, Publicis Groupe

Renetta McCann will be presenting Kathy Ring at the 2019 Matrix Awards.

Renetta McCann has been recognized as one of the leading innovators and most influential executives in the advertising, marketing and media industries, with a global reputation for not only building brands, but also the organizations and leadership to sustain them.

Renetta began her career at Burnett, working to become the CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group Worldwide. Under her leadership, client billings exceeded $26 billion and the global workforce rose to over 6,000 people. After two years as CEO, she assumed the role of Chief Talent Officer of VivaKi.

After nearly 30 years of communications management and leadership, she went back to the books, earning an M.S. in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. She worked as an executive coach and organizational change consultant before rejoining Burnett in the fall of 2012. Since her return, Renetta has served as Leo Burnett’s Chief Talent Officer, playing a key role in ensuring that the company retained, attracted and developed the best and brightest minds in business today. Today,

Along the way, Renetta has been an active volunteer and contributor to various industry and civic organizations, not to mention a frequent name in the press. Currently she serves on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust, the Marketing Committee of the Robert and Ann Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Legacy Giving Committee of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

In 2002, she was named “Corporate Executive of the Year” by Black Enterprise magazine and was selected Ad Woman of the Year by the Chicago Advertising Federation. Essence named her one of “50 Women Who are Changing the World” and she received a Matrix Award in 2006 from New York Women in Communications. She has appeared on the pages of Advertising Age, Business Week and Chicago magazine. In 2014 the American Advertising Federation honored her with a Diversity Achievement Award for her contributions as an Industry Influential, and she was recently featured on Adweek’s list of “11 Inspiring Women Who Have Broken Down Advertising’s Most Persistent Barriers.”

Renetta is an adjunct lecturer in the MSLOC program, teaching a course on organizational design. Renetta has also served as a Corporate Director of Tribune Publishing (now named Tronc).

She lives in Chicago with her husband Kevin and children, Ella and Alexander.

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