Jacky Wright, the businesswoman named Britain’s most influential black person, called for “monumental changes” to make Britain a more equal place to live.
Wright, the London-born corporate vice president and chief digital officer at Microsoft US, was awarded first place this year on October 14 by Powerlist 2022, the UK’s annual list of most powerful people. Africa, African-Caribbean and African-American. patrimony.
Marcus Rashford, the footballer and activist, came in second while Anne Mensah, vice president of Content UK at Netflix, was third. Newcomer to the list is Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya, in fourth place.
Another new entrant is Steven Bartlett, 29, founder and former CEO of Social Chain and the youngest newly appointed panelist on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den. He is joined by model and social activist Munroe Bergdorf, and Rob Pierre, CEO of digital marketing consultancy Jellyfish.
Wright welcomed the accolade, but said the UK has a long way to go before it can be called an egalitarian society. “I am proud to be in the company of these great leaders of African and Afro-Caribbean origin, but it reminds me that we still have a very long way to go,” she said. “Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that we not only present role models, so that future generations can imagine who and what they can be, but, more importantly, we must make monumental changes to create a more equitable society. “
Wright was selected by a panel of judges headed by retired judge Dame Linda Dobbs, who said Wright took first place for “the extent of the work she does.”
Wright was born in London but has spent much of her career in the United States. She previously held positions at BP and General Electric. In 2017, she became Head of Digital Information at HM Revenue and Customs, before returning to Microsoft US in 2019.
As one of the most senior black leaders in public service and HMRC’s disability champion, Wright campaigned for diversity in government, including race and disability.
The Powerlist was launched in 2007 to feature black role models across all industries including business, science, technology, and the arts. Participants are judged on their “ability to change lives and change events, as has been demonstrated over a long period of time and in a positive way”.
Michael Eboda, CEO of Powerful Media, said: “Jacky Wright is a true professional who more than deserves to be recognized as the UK’s most powerful black Briton on the 2022 Powerlist.“
The Power list 2022 Top 10:
1 Jacky wright Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft US
2 Marcus Rashford English and Manchester United footballer, campaigning against child poverty and racism.
3 Anne Mensah Vice President of Content UK at Netflix. She previously worked for Sky UK and the BBC.
4 Daniel Kaluuya (new) Oscar and Golden Globe winner for his portrayal of Chicago Black Panthers frontman Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.
5 Prof. Kevin Fenton London Regional Director at Public Health England, who has played a key role in highlighting Covid and inequalities.
6 Steven bartlett (new) Founder and former CEO of Social Chain; Dragon on the dragon pit. He founded his social media company at the age of 21 and turned it into a global business with an annual turnover of $ 220million (£ 161million) by the age of 27.
7 Michaela coel An actress, screenwriter and director who made history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Drama Special for her show I May Destroy You.
8 Lord Simon Woolley Co-founder and director of Operation Black Vote and director of Homerton College, University of Cambridge.
9 Richard Iferenta Partner at KPMG, where he is responsible for the practice of indirect taxation of financial services.
ten Jacqueline McKenzie Human rights lawyer specializing in migration, asylum and refugee law. Currently partner at Leigh Day Solicitors.