Antonio Zappulla, Chief Operating Officer of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, is today named the number one public/third sector executive in a global ranking of LGBT+ role models, in recognition of his work to drive LGBT+ inclusion.
Antonio is up three places from last year’s list, where he was ranked fourth in the Top 10 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Public Sector/Third Sector Executives List, an annual global index compiled by LGBT+ professional membership organisation OUTstanding, and presented by the Financial Times.
Antonio was strongly commended for his role in spearheading and launching Openly, a dedicated LGBT+ digital news and information platform, which was launched in September. Content is additionally distributed via the Reuters newswire service, reaching a daily audience of one billion readers worldwide.
“The role of the media is essential in shaping perceptions and attitudes towards LGBT+ people,” said Antonio Zappulla.
LGBT+ rights are human rights and, as such, they are everybody’s business. Today’s recognition is yet another testament to the importance of positive LGBT+ role models in the media, in business, and across society.
“This is tremendous and well-deserved recognition for Antonio,” said Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa. “Diversity is key in all we do at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which has one of the most diverse teams in London and globally. I am glad to see Antonio’s leadership rewarded.”
Antonio is a One Young World Counsellor and a World Economic Forum agenda contributor. He is the President of the Board of International LGBT+ NGO All Out and is also the European Co-chair of Pride at Work.
The Public/Third Sector Executives ranking is part of the 2018 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executives and LGBT+ Future Leaders List.
“Our sixth OUTstanding lists are our most international and diverse ever. They feature executives representing 21 countries around the world – from Ghana to Germany and from India to Israel,” said Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO of OUTstanding.
We’re so proud to see so many senior and future leaders recognised as role models for their work driving cultural change and creating environments where everyone can succeed.
Everyone – regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity – benefits from a level playing field where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work.
All the 2018 leading role models were nominated by peers and colleagues. To be considered, they had to be visibly out or a vocal ally, actively working to create an environment where LGBT+ people can bring their authentic selves to work over and above their day job.
Also recognised are Jim Fitterling, the Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, who was named the top LGBT+ Executive, Catherine P. Bessant, Chief Operations & Technology Officer at Bank of America, who was named the top Ally Executive, and Barclays’ Billy Kamberis, Head of Sales, Service & Performance – Corporate & Investment Banking, who was named the top LGBT+ Future Leader.