Partner Deian Rhys Ranked in 2016 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives List, Presented by the FT

25 Oct 2016

A partner at international law firm Simmons & Simmons has ranked in the 2016 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives List, presented by the FT. Deian Rhys is a partner in the firm’s real estate group and co-chair of the firm’s international LGBT network.

OUTstanding is a professional membership organisation for global businesses and works directly with LGBT+ and ally leaders to promote inclusion in the workplace. All of the 2016 leading role models were nominated by peers and colleagues.

Each person was scored on the seniority and influence of their role, their impact on LGBT+ inclusion inside and outside the workplace and their business achievements.

Deian Rhys, commented, "I am delighted to have been included on this list alongside so many inspiring leaders. Simmons & Simmons remains committed to promoting equality across our network of offices, particularly in jurisdictions where it is more challenging to be out at work, and to ensuring that all of our LGBT colleagues have visible role models within the firm".

CEO and founder of OUTstanding, Suki Sandhu, said, "Large corporations have the power and influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion and pave the way for real societal change around the world. By recognising the impact of those who are leading the charge, the OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executives and LGBT+ Future Leaders Lists continue to inspire both businesses and individuals to drive LGBT+ equality forward. OUTstanding exists to challenge the assumption that you cannot be out and successful in business, to create role models that will inspire the next generation of business leaders and to encourage companies to use their far reaching voices for good."

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5. OUTstanding is a professional membership organisation for global businesses and works directly with LGBT+ and ally leaders to promote inclusion in the workplace. All of the 2016 leading role models were nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were then reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel, consisting of: Lord Browne, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy, and former CEO, BP; Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images; Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK; Harriet Green, General Manager of Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education IBM; Vicki Culpin, Global Dean of Research, Hult International Business School; Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, OUTstanding; and Carola Hoyos, Editor of the Executive Appointments section, Non Executive Directors Club, Financial Times.

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