Karen Kahn | Influence 100
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Karen Kahn

Chief Communications Officer
HP
US

 

In 2015, Kahn left Broadcom after nearly five years to become CCO for HP — which at the time had just completed its split from the enterprise business. She has since spearheaded a review of the company’s lucrative PR agency business, parting ways with longtime incumbent firms Porter Novelli and FleishmanHillard to consolidate with Edelman.

HP chief marketing officer Antonio Lucio has publicly made a commitment to gender equity by mandating that all of its agencies increase the number of women in leadership roles, and Kahn has spoken on the business imperative for diversity at Cannes and other industry events. She has since partnered with PRSA New York to recognize and celebrate agency diversity. ”You can only retain people if you can meet them where they live," she says.
 
She was named to the Holmes Report’s Innovator 25 earlier this year.