Leader and Innovator in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategies Will Join SMG Leadership Team
As part of its continued commitment to diversity and equity in the workplace and beyond, Sony Music Group (SMG) has announced the appointment of Tiffany R. Warren to the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. She will work with all of Sony Music Group’s global recorded music, publishing and corporate divisions to expand the Company’s ongoing equity and inclusion activities and policies. Warren will directly report to SMG’s Chairman, Rob Stringer.
In her role, Warren will be responsible for leading the Company’s strategies to continue driving an inclusive culture and equitable workplace. Partnering with SMG’s global leadership teams including its Human Resources and Employee Network Groups as well as its Social Justice task forces and Philanthropy efforts, Warren will build on SMG’s current commitments and activities around the following areas: hiring and promotion equity; inclusive learning and development; regular organization-wide diversity and equity assessments; and diversified business and community partnerships.
Warren’s leadership founding ADCOLOR, the advertising industry’s leading organization to promote greater diversity in advertising, marketing, media and tech, as well as her work as Omnicom Group’s Chief Diversity Officer for more than 10 years will inform the expansion of SMG’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
In making the announcement, Stringer said “I am delighted to have Tiffany join our leadership team. Her ground-breaking strategic vision, expertise and entrepreneurism will help us further our commitment to equity and long-term change inside our company and throughout the industry.”
“I am honored to join Sony Music Group, as music has played such a culturally, morally and emotionally significant role in my life and the lives of many. Music has deeply impacted the shift society has taken to elevate diversity, equity and belonging, and Sony Music Group and its artists and songwriters have historically contributed to the soundtrack of these pivotal inflection points around the world. I am humbled to contribute my experience to this remarkable legacy.”
Over Warren’s more than 23-year career in media, she has championed diverse professionals in creative industries.
Most recently, she served as Omnicom’s global Chief Diversity Officer since 2009. She created and implemented the Omnicom People Engagement Network (OPEN), a diversity, equity and inclusion framework, globally focused on culture, community, collaboration and its advertising clients. During her time at Omnicom, Warren more than doubled multicultural representation within the Company’s officers and managers ranks.
In 2005, Warren founded ADCOLOR, an organization that champions diversity and inclusion in the creative industries. ADCOLOR’s mission is to help individuals and organizations by teaching new leaders and would-be-mentors how to reach back and find others in the industry who deserve to be noticed and promoted. The organization’s goal is to create a community of diverse professionals who support and celebrate one another. In September, ADCOLOR went virtual launching ADCOLOR Everywhere, a conference and awards show hosting 8300 professionals from advertising, marketing, media, tech, PR and music over 4 days. Past ADCOLOR Awards honorees include Janet Mock, Charles King, Wilson Cruz, Eva Longoria, Steve Pamon, Bozoma Saint John and Valeisha Butterfield-Jones.
Additionally, she launched the Most Promising University with the American Advertising Federation to train, mentor and develop multicultural students from across the country annually. Since its inception in 2013, over 350 students have participated and launched careers in advertising, marketing and media.
Warren has been honored across the media industry including: as an Advertising Age Woman to Watch; Black Enterprise Top Executive in Diversity 2019; 2021 Henry Crown Fellow; a 4As 100 People Who Make Advertising Great List; on the Ebony 100 list; the New York Urban League’s Frederick Douglass Medallion; AAF’s Barton G. Cummings Gold Medal for Distinguished Service; John A. Reisenbach Distinguished Citizenship Award; AAF’s Pioneer in Diversity Award (Omnicom Group); 4As MAIP Gladiator Award; National Association Black Journalists’ Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award; the European Diversity Awards’ Global Diversity Champion Award; she is an AAF Hall of Achievement Inductee and Jack Avrett Volunteer Award recipient; and has been highlighted as a MAKER by Verizon Media.