DDB Worldwide today announced the appointment of Nikki Lamba, who joins the network to lead diversity and inclusion globally. In the newly created role, Nikki will support DDB Worldwide’s ongoing mission to drive programs and initiatives that support diversity and inclusive practices across the network for its teams and clients.
The appointment comes at a pivotal time as DDB Worldwide continues to strengthen its core global leadership team. “At DDB, growth and success are driven by able and talented people regardless of background,” said Marty O’Halloran, DDB Worldwide CEO. “We remain focused on furthering our progress towards being a network that recruits, recognises and retains diverse teams.”
“Creativity is pivotal to our success and, by extension, diversity is as well,” added Justin Thomas-Copeland, CEO of DDB North America. “To achieve our ambitions, we are driving towards an organisation with a truly broad definition of diversity, and one that champions inclusion to grapple with pervasive racism and inequities in our business and in support of our clients.”
Nikki joins DDB from Catalyst, where she spent 11 years advising Fortune 500 companies on their diversity and inclusion strategies, initiatives and practices. In her role as senior director, she employed data analytics, research, and relationship building to provide partnership and guidance on organisational strategies and D&I programming in order to hire, advance and retain diverse talent.
Nikki brings variety of expertise to this global role, including the ability to analyse and apply qualitative and quantitative data, talent management, leadership and engagement practices. Having programmed and hosted a variety of events surrounding the topics of diversity and equity, Nikki provides a strong voice on the issues of diversity.
Nikki also served as member of Catalyst’s Awards Evaluation Committee responsible for evaluating and recognising innovative organisational initiatives that have accelerated progress for women through workplace inclusion.