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RENETTA MCCANN

RENETTA MCCANN

Chief Talent Officer, Leo Burnett

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.
As Chief Talent Officer at Leo Burnett, she heads up the agency’s People & Culture department. She plays a key role in ensuring that the company retains, attracts and arms the best and brightest minds in business today, with oversight of the agency’s U.S. recruitment, training, benefits and talent management.

Renetta is no stranger to the Publicis family. She began her career at 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. After two years as CEO, she assumed the role of Chief Talent Officer of VivaKi.

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. In 2002, she was named “Corporate Executive of the Year” by Black Enterprise magazine and was selected by Ebony as one of the “57 Most Intriguing Blacks.” Essence named her one of “50 Women Who are Changing the World” and she has appeared on the pages of Advertising Age, Business Week and Chicago magazine. Recently, the American Advertising Federation honored her with a Diversity Achievement Award for her contributions as an Industry Influential.

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 B

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