April 8th, 2021
Agency Veteran Natalie Ackerman to Lead Global Inclusion and Talent Initiatives
Boston, MA, April 8, 2021 – Jack Morton, the global brand experience agency, today announced that Natalie Ackerman has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Talent and Inclusion. She will serve as the agency’s first official DEI executive. She will also assume all responsibilities for talent across the agency working closely with the global HR team.
For the last several years, Ackerman has championed the agency’s pursuit of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive (DEI) environment for all. This appointment will allow her to now focus exclusively on the agency’s people and continue making Jack Morton a more inclusive and diverse workplace on a global scale. Ackerman will partner closely with leaders across the agency to evaluate and accelerate the agency’s programs including efforts to support recruitment, policies, professional development and engagement.
Ackerman previously served as Executive Vice President of Greater China, overseeing the agency’s China and Hong Kong operations. She was based in Hong Kong but will relocate to Boston. Ackerman will continue to serve on the agency’s executive leadership team reporting directly to the Chairman & CEO, Josh McCall.
Aside from her leadership skills, Ackerman’s passion for DEI has been a significant part of her journey at the agency. She founded the global, grassroots initiative I am Jack – a voluntary team of spirited employees in each regional market working to maintain and elevate the agency’s culture and community through fun, unique and educational internal campaigns. She also created and leads the agency’s DEI Council across the US whose purpose is to provide the agency with strategic direction in all DEI related endeavors.
Josh McCall, Chairman & CEO, Jack Morton commented, “Natalie has been instrumental in leading Jack Morton’s inclusion efforts for the last few years and is extraordinarily passionate about our talent. So, this role was a natural next step for her. Her dedication and commitment to our people is exceptional and it shows in all that she does. We’re thrilled to have her back in the U.S. taking on this important initiative.”
“This new role brings two of my passions, inclusion and talent, together in one big bundle of opportunity. I am really looking forward to pushing our agency to the next level, ensuring that we are a place where people love to work and feel they can belong,
and a place that reflects the diverse world around us and redefines what a workplace can be,” said Ackerman.
Ackerman has over 20 years of experience in global marketing, brand experience, live events and television production. She first joined Jack Morton as a Producer in New York and worked in the agency’s San Francisco office. She has spent the last seven years overseeing operations in Greater China. Throughout her 18-year tenure at Jack Morton, she has held roles in multiple departments, offices and geographies which taught her how to manage, collaborate and connect with people of all backgrounds and cultures.
Ackerman serves on the board for the Hong Kong chapter of the Asian University for Women, an independent, international university in Chittagong, Bangladesh which seeks to educate a new generation of female leaders. She’s an industry advocate for DEI and has been a speaker at several key industry conferences including AIG’s Celebrating Women in the Workplace forum. She’s also supported, both personally and professionally, organizations such as The Women’s Foundation — a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong, and OneSky in Hong Kong, — an organization supporting the health, welfare and early education of vulnerable children.