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Karen Blackett OBE awarded honorary degree at Reading

HONOURED: Karen Blackett

THE OUTSTANDING career of MediaCom Chairwoman Karen Blackett OBE has earned her an honorary degree from the University of Reading.

Born in Reading, Karen has worked in the media industry for 22 years and is currently chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK. Prior to this, she was CEO of MediaCom for five years.

Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading said: “We are delighted to be presenting Karen Blackett OBE with an honorary degree and inviting her to join the Reading family.

“Karen’s exemplary career in the media industry and commitment to promoting diversity and equality will be inspirational to our staff, students and alumni.”

In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours for her services to the media communications industry.

Blackett has won the Women in Marketing (WIM) Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Award, featured five times in the Power List of Britain's 100 Most Influential Black People, heading the list in 2015, the first business woman to do so.

She has also appeared in the Woman's Hour Power List of Top 10 Influencers, and Marie Claire's Women at the Top Awards.

In March 2016, Blackett joined Sir David Bell for an ‘In Conversation’ event at the University’s annual Edith Morley lecture.

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