Tiffany R. Warren, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer of Omnicom Group, announced that she is stepping down from her position and joining Sony Music Group. In addition to her role at Omnicom, she is the founder of Adcolor, a successful annual multicultural events, education and awards program.
“Tiffany joined Omnicom over a decade ago in a newly established position that was one of the first in our industry. Since then, she has shown an unwavering passion and dedication for diversity, equity and inclusion that has underpinned our own core values, “said John Wren, chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group.
Warren joined Omnicom in January 2009 and is widely recognized as one of the DEI flag bearers in the advertising community. According to Wren, Warren was responsible for “making remarkable gains in the recruitment, retention and development of a diverse workforce across the corporation and for accelerating our momentum to foster greater systemic justice.”
“Goodbye is hard when you love what you leave, but it’s time,” said Warren. “Through the innovative work of the notable members of the OPEN leadership team, Omnicom is strongly positioned to continue to lead and innovate in diversity, equity and inclusion.” OPEN refers to the Omnicom People Engagement Network, the holding company’s umbrella organization for its engagement groups and activities, including Diversity Champions through the company.
Warren joined Omnicom at a time when the advertising industry was in the middle of a reckoning for its lack of diversity and inclusion. At the time, the so-called Madison Avenue Project was trying to force agencies to end decades of prejudice against black agency employees and potential talent.
Last year, Warren worked with Adweek on its Champions Award, honoring executives and rising stars who exemplify the most compelling examples of influencing inclusion and diversity in marketing, advertising, media, technology and entertainment.
Earlier this year, 600 & Rising co-founder Nathan Young publicly criticized Warren and Adcolor on Twitter, saying the event was “completely disconnected from reality.” Reactions to Young, a former strategist at the Minneapolis agency Periscope, have been mixed, although many gathered to defend Warren and Adcolor. The fallout resulted in Young leaving 600 & Rising as president.