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Burberry's Christopher Bailey Heads Top 10 Inspiring LGBT Business Execs

09/10/2014 10:48 BST | Updated 09/10/2014 11:59 BST
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A mannequin stands beyond a logo in the window display of a Burberry Group Plc luxury clothing store on New Bond Street in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. Burberry named Christopher Bailey as chief executive officer to succeed Angela Ahrendts who will leave in 2014 to work as a senior vice president at Apple Inc. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Burberry chief executive Christopher Bailey has topped a list of Britain's most inspiring LGBT business executives, as the first ever openly 'out' CEO of a FTSE 100 company.

OUTstanding, a campaign to improve the diversity of UK boardrooms, has published a new list of 100 inspirational LGBT business leaders, along with championing 20 "straight allies" like Virgin boss Richard Branson and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

OUTstanding founder Suki Sandhu said: “We need publically visible role models in business to show that the workplace welcomes all talented people, regardless of their backgrounds or identities. This is a human, rather than an LGBT issue which is why we’re also celebrating those trailblazers outside the LGBT community who promote the issue of diversity within their businesses.”

See also - Suki Sandhu writes:

"Let's Smash the Glass Closet Together - LGBT Execs Must Follow Browne and Bailey's Lead"

"LGBT Leaders Are Good for Business, But Do You Know Any?"

Former BP chief Lord Browne said: “If closeted employees can identify with someone who has been through the closet door and succeeded, then they are more likely to let go of the fears that hold them back. OUTstanding and the Top 100 list provide the role models which demonstrate that coming out at work is both possible and worthwhile.”

HuffPostUK presents the top 10 inspirational LGBT business executives from their list.

Top 10 LGBT Business Executives