On Friday, Interpublic Group CEO Michael Roth sent a company-wide memo to employees about what the holding company is doing to “combat systemic racism. ” While a note from leadership has been par for the course over the last week or so—agency execs have sent dozens to reassure employees that they will do better and are listening following the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism following the killing of George Floyd by a policer officer in Minneapolis last month—Roth’s note had something new: A transparent look at the diversity of the agency.
In 2019, 2. 6% of senior or executive level managers were Black while 84. 9% were white; 4. 3% of first- or mid-level managers were Black while 76.
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