Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the media and advertising industry. She recently announced she is to step down from her executive role as group chief marketing, corporate affairs and people officer at Sky, where she oversaw the group’s HR, diversity and inclusion, communications, public affairs and brand work across Europe.
Prior to joining Sky in 2018, Debbie was chief executive for Europe and Asia Pacific at marketing services agency Engine Group where she worked for 20 years in various executive roles, including leading their brand and creative work on behalf of Sky. Earlier in her career, Debbie also worked for Saatchi & Saatchi and Nielsen. Debbie is also a non-executive director of Nationwide Building Society.
Charles Gurassa, chair of GMG, said: “Debbie has a huge amount of expertise, both through her leadership role in the global media sector at Sky and through her extensive experience in marketing and advertising for some of the biggest brands in the world in her agency career. I am delighted she has agreed to join GMG as we add further talent and media sector expertise to our board.”
Debbie Klein said: “I am delighted to be joining the Guardian - a global news and media brand which I have long admired. The Guardian’s journalism, purpose and brand are widely respected and recognised the world over, and its digital innovation is impressive. I look forward to supporting the organisation as part of the board during its next phase.”
Guardian Media Group is wholly owned by The Scott Trust Limited, which exists to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity.
The current GMG board members are: Charles Gurassa (chair), Anna Bateson, Katharine Viner, Keith Underwood, Emily Bell, Ete Davies, Stephen Godsell, Yasmin Jetha, Baroness Gail Rebuck, René Rechtman, Mary Ann Sieghart and Coram Williams.
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