At ADP, building a culture where diversity and inclusion is celebrated and embraced is a top priority. We do this because it’s essential to how we serve our clients and engage with our associates — and because it’s the only way to do good business.
We have processes and practices to help establish and grow this culture, but it wouldn’t be successful without senior leaders who help carry the torch and live these beliefs every day. Jan Siegmund, our chief financial officer, is one of those dedicated leaders who are focused on creating a business environment where LGBT+ people can comfortably bring their best professional selves to work. In recognition of his dedication, Jan was named to the 2016 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executives List, presented by the FT. In addition, Jens Audenaert, vice president and general manager of ADP Ventures, was named to the 2016 OUTstanding Future Leaders List. OUTstanding is a professional membership organization for global businesses who work directly with LGBT+ and ally leaders to promote inclusion in the workplace.
Jan Siegmund has worked as an out gay man and is the senior most out executive of any S&P 500 company who has been openly gay through his entire career. In 2006, he was a founding executive that helped create ADP Pride, ADP’s LGBTQ & Allies business resource group. Jan continues to serve as its executive sponsor today. During this time, ADP has achieved perfect scores as a Best Place to Work for the Human Rights Campaign. Jan is a frequent guest speaker at LGBT conferences and events, including the Economist Global LGBT conference, and has been a keynote speaker at KPMG and Goldman Sachs. He is also an active board member of the New York City LGBT Community Center.
Jens serves as global Chair of ADP Pride, ADP’s LGBTQ business resource group. Since taking on this role two years ago, he has doubled overall membership each year, focusing on inclusion, global awareness with chapter launches in countries such as Brazil, India and the Philippines, and driving marketplace impact. Jens serves on the Leadership Council and co-leads the Generation Love initiative for God’s Love We Deliver, and serves on the Board of Visitors of Boston’s Fenway Health where he was the Founding Co-Chair of the Young Leaders Council. He also hosts the annual Case Competition for Reaching Out MBA and is currently engaged as a pro-bono strategic advisor to Reaching Out’s Board of Directors.
This recognition is a great honor for Jan and Jens, and is a testament to the work ADP does to foster a better workplace where people from different backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, races and ethnicities can thrive together.