Stacey Ryan-Cornelius received her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the City University of New York-Baruch College in ’92. Stacey is an innovative finance professional and business partner with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, media & communications industry. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PWC”), which she left in 1999 to begin a 19-year tenure at Ogilvy & Mather. During this tenure, Stacey held leadership roles at the regional and worldwide levels. She was directly responsible for managing the analysis, risk assessment, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting of over 600 operating units in the global operations of Ogilvy & Mather.
In January 2018, Stacey was promoted to Global Chief Financial Officer of WPP Health & Wellness where she spent 15 months restructuring the portfolio, executing key transformation initiatives, and delivering financial and strategic direction across 64 operating units in the US, Canada, EMEA, and Asia. In April 2019, Stacey briefly joined Geometry Global as their Global Chief Financial Officer. Stacey has recently rejoined Ogilvy as Global Chief Financial Officer, where she “looks forward to partnering with other company leaders to drive meaningful, and lasting progress when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
Stacey has been featured by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the 75 Most Powerful Women in Business and is often called upon to speak about diversity and inclusion, and the importance of increased representation across all levels of the marketing and communications industry.
Stacey has two daughters with husband Lloyd M. Cornelius Jr., Ciara, and Lori Cornelius. Ciara (’21) is pursuing a B.A. in Music at Queens College, and Lori (’24) is studying Environmental Policy at Loyola University in Chicago. Lloyd works as an official with USA Track and Field.
Global Chief Financial Officer