5 Female Communications Execs You Need to Know

Most chief communications officers are male.

In Korn Ferry Institute's 2014 survey of the most senior communications executives at U.S. Fortune 500 companies, the majority of respondents were male. 

The good news is that the gap seems to be closing, slowly but surely; that population was 53% male in 2014 vs. 56% in 2012. With these impressive women leading the charge, there’s no doubt that gender gap will continue to shrink.

Leslie Berland

Leslie Berland

CMO and Head of People at Twitter

The former American Express marketer, Twitter’s first-ever CMO, led the social media platform’s image transformation and oversees the public company's human resources. But Berland established herself as a female force to be reckoned with in 2017 when she called out CES for its all-male keynote speaker lineup.

As a response, she organized and hosted her own all-women panel for Twitter’s CES event. “This event isn’t about the lack of women on the CES keynote stage, it’s about all the women who belong on stages, lists and panels across industries, around the world,” she tweeted at the time. And she’s not stopping there. For these reasons and more, she was ranked in the top 10 of Forbes’ list of the World's Most Influential CMOs of 2018.

Deirdre Findlay

Deirdre Findlay

CMO at Stitch Fix

Findlay is the first CMO for the subscription fashion brand in more than four years—she took over marketing from CEO Mike Smith—and its first since it went public. In her 20-year career, she’s worked for Google, eBay, Kaiser Permanente, and others. Oh, and you can thank her for never having to get up to turn on a light or the TV; during her time at Google, she launched Google Home globally.



Alexandra Trower

Alexandra Trower

Executive Vice President, Global Communications at The Estée Lauder Companies

Alexandra Trower oversees corporate, social, crisis, family and philanthropic communications for Estée Lauder’s 30+ brands, including Estée Lauder, Clinique, M.A.C., and La Mer. On top of that, she is a founding member of the company’s inclusion and diversity committee and an executive co-sponsor of its LGBTQ employee resource group.

Alexandra recently met up with our Chief Reputation Officer at Forbes HQ to discuss her latest initiatives to engage employee stakeholders, focus on values, and how The Estée Lauder Companies work to make the world a better place. View the recording!

Jennifer Risi

Jennifer Risi

Worldwide Chief Communications Officer at Ogilvy

A sought-after senior media strategist and advisor to CEOs and heads of state around the world, Risi has led Ogilvy’s work in Mexico, Colombia, and the U.S. In 2015, Risi produced 44% growth for Ogilvy, securing approximately $25 million in revenue. Oh, and in August 2015, she led Ogilvy’s global media relations work to unveil the new Suez Canal to the world.

She’s outspoken about having more women in C-suite positions and supported the launch of U.N. Women’s iconic HeforShe campaign with Emma Watson. It’s no wonder she was named one of PR News’ Top Women in PR in 2017 and has won PR Week and SABRE awards.

Mairéad Nayager

Mairead Nayager

Chief Human Resources Officer at Diageo

Nayager might be one of the biggest C-suite supporters of gender equality in the workplace. She has worked hard to make Diageo more inclusive, with the goal of achieving a 40% female senior leadership team by 2025. She is also committed to ensuring that 50% of hires to the beverage company’s global graduate program are women. Her work is paying off, literally: The Irish Times credits Nayager for reducing the company’s gender pay gap from 8.6% to 5.4% in one year.






Melanie LoBue
Senior Director, Global Marketing
Reputation Institute


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