Syl Saller, who has been with Diageo for 20 years, was this week awarded a CBE ( Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to business and equality in the workplace. Saller has worked to drive change and enable greater diversity within the creative industries, Diageo said. The company also described her as a catalyst behind its support of the Creative Equals ‘Creative Comeback’ programme to support women returning to the creative industries following a career break. Saller also worked with the UN Women-convened Unstereotype Alliance to produce a co-authored, industry-wide playbook for gender portrayal in advertising. “This is a proud day for Syl and for Diageo,” said group CEO Ivan Menezes. “This honour is well-deserved recognition for Syl’s leadership and her tireless work to grow our people and our brands. Syl has long been a passionate advocate for equality and I know this honour will encourage her to achieve even more progress on diversity within the creative industries.” Saller also holds several industry roles including president of the Marketing Society, a board member for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, a trustee of the Marketing Academy and a member of the executive board of the World Federation of Advertisers.
Syl is also a Corporate freeman of our Livery and the Master, Kenny Mackay commented,’ This honour is well deserved, and we are delighted for Syl to achieve this recognition. We send her all our congratulations.’