Cheryl Giovannoni

Cheryl Giovannoni

Chief Executive, Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST)

Before joining the GDST in 2016, Cheryl had a long and successful career with WPP, the marketing communications group, running three of its companies, her most recent role being CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, the advertising agency. Before this, Cheryl was European President of Landor Associates, and CEO of Coley Porter Bell.

Cheryl enjoys mentoring and coaching, supporting young women either informally as their mentor or through WACL (Women in Advertising and Communication London). She was previously involved with Fearless Futures, a charity that seeks to empower young women to become leaders in society.

Cheryl was born and brought up in South Africa and has a BA in English, Communication and Psychology from the University of South Africa.

She tweets as

Developing leadership in girls and women


“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” So says Sheryl Sandberg. Is leadership a gender-neutral quality, or do we still associate it with stereotypically ‘masculine’ traits like assertiveness and dominance, rather than more stereotypically ‘feminine’ traits like empathy or collaboration? How do we ensure everyone sees the leadership […]

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