October 19 2020


OSEN ID, Press Release

Ackas to Lead Inclusion Strategy and Diversity Initiatives Across Octagon, R&CPMK, and Collection of OSEN Agencies

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 20, 2020 – Octagon Sports & Entertainment Network (OSEN) today named Cristina Ackas as Vice President, Inclusive Diversity. In the role, Ackas will design diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) programming across the agency network; and oversee key internal and external DE&I initiatives for Octagon, R&CPMK, and OSEN’s formidable family of agencies specializing in marketing, talent management, communications, and production.

Additionally, as Vice President of Inclusive Diversity, Ackas will be responsible for continuing to grow OSEN’s DE&I strategy across its global footprint, as well as create and execute diversity, equity, and inclusion partnerships and programs that further connect OSEN with diverse talent, communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and female-driven initiatives. Ackas will also work collaboratively with HR leadership, Business Resource Groups, senior business leaders across OSEN, and Octagon Sports & Entertainment Network parent company IPG.

“Cristina’s passion for advancing diversity, her devotion to furthering inclusion efforts and programming across OSEN, and her background in research and analytics, make her the ideal person for this important role within our organization,” said Lisa Murray, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Octagon Sports and Entertainment Network. “We are thrilled to have Cristina take on this position, and help us continue to foster additional DE&I growth and development inside the walls of OSEN and well beyond.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to shift how we think and work,” said Ackas. “Not just within the organization, but also within our industries of sports & entertainment.”

Prior to her current position, Ackas served as Vice President of Research for Octagon, overseeing select research and strategy efforts for Octagon’s marketing, sponsorship, insights, and strategy divisions.

Previously, Ackas held the role of Vice President of Research for UM and served in a series of executive-level positions with ZenithOptimedia, NBCUniversal, and AOL.

A native of Brooklyn, NY., Ackas earned her undergraduate degree in Communications and Mass Media at Temple University.

Ackas will be based in Stamford, Connecticut.

About Octagon Sports & Entertainment Network:

The Octagon Sports and Entertainment Network, within the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG), encompasses industry leaders Octagon, R&CPMK, Advantage, ITB, FRUKT, Futures and Milkmoney. This formidable family of agencies specializes in marketing, talent management, communications, and production for brands, as well as the most prominent and influential athletes, actors, musicians, producers, directors, and content creators in the world.