Honorees

Renetta McCann

Renetta McCann

Chief Inclusion Experience Officer

Publicis Groupe

Biography

Renetta McCann has been recognized as an innovator and influential executive in the advertising, marketing and media industries, with a global reputation for building brands, and the organizations and leadership to sustain them.

As Chief Inclusion Experience Officer for Publicis Groupe, she works to drive inclusion at all levels of the organization, with an emphasis on ensuring that the company’s clients are benefiting from the many strategic advantages that diverse teams deliver.

Renetta began her career at Leo Burnett, and, after a long tenure, she became 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. More recently, she served as the Chief Talent Officer for Leo Burnett USA and Publicis Communications North America.

Renetta is an active volunteer and contributor to various industry and civic organizations, including the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust, the Marketing Committee of the Robert and Ann Lurie Children’s Hospital and the board of Northwestern University Alumni Association.

She has appeared on the pages of Advertising Age, Business Week and Chicago Magazine. 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. In 2014 the American Advertising Federation honored her with a Diversity Achievement Award and she received The Pantheon Award from the 4A’s MAIP program. In 2018, she was featured on Adweek’s list of “11 Inspiring Women Who Have Broken Down Advertising’s Most Persistent Barriers.” In 2020, ADCOLOR will honor her with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Renetta holds an M.S. in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. Currently, she is an adjunct lecturer in the MSLOC program, teaching courses on organizational design and diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in organizations. Renetta also served as a Corporate Director of Tribune Publishing (Tronc).

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