Street Talk for June 25, 2021
Mike Sobo

Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) has appointed Heide Gardner to the newly created position of global culture officer. She currently serves as IPG’s SVP, chief diversity and inclusion officer. In her new position, Gardner will take a leadership role in shaping the values-based company’s strategic, long-term vision on a broad range of social justice issues and well-being for underserved and underrepresented communities, and ways in which the company can engage with its clients and partners on these issues to achieve sustainable business goals. Gardner will move into the global culture officer role on August 1, transitioning her current operational responsibilities to a new chief diversity and inclusion officer to be announced, who will take over day-to-day strategy and program delivery of the DE&I function across IPG, working in conjunction with DEI leadership at Interpublic’s companies. As IPG’s first global culture officer, Gardner will build on the longstanding position she has earned as an industry thought-leader, and will build strategic partnerships with a cross-section of businesses, NGOs, business leaders, creative communities, as well as academic institutions and other organizations shaping public policy. Gardner will also advise senior leadership across the enterprise, as well as continue to represent IPG for forums focused on systemic and structural change, such as the Unstereotype Alliance, United Nations Global Compact, The Business Roundtable, World Economic Forum on Diverse Representation in Media, Coqual, and the Executive Leadership Council.    

Editorial, finishing, and VFX house Uppercut has added editor Mike Sobo to its New York team. He’s spent the last six years at Lost Planet where his editing has been recognized by the Clio and The One Show competitions. He has cut for brands such as Cadillac, Nike, the NBA, Coach, New Balance, American Express and Chevrolet. Sobo has edited a few projects that Lena Dunham directed, including The Lenny Letter and a branded content piece she did for & Other Stories. Additional director collaborations include recent projects with Spike Lee and Zack Snyder. Sobo’s personal artistic projects include cutting the feature film La Voz de Los Silenciados, which screened at several festivals. He also directed, edited, and starred in a sketch comedy series called No Problem on Funny or Die. Prior to Lost Planet, Sobo landed his first ad industry gig at ad agency Mother to start up and lead its first in-house post department. Uppercut maintains shops in NY and Atlanta....


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