Three LBS alumni named as LGBT leaders and allies

Trio make the FT’s annual OUTstanding list


Three London Business School (LBS) alumni have been named in the Financial Times’s 2017 OUTstanding lists for achieving career success and creating supportive workplaces for LGBT people. 

Nick Deakin, Investment Banking Associate at Citi, was ranked 12th in the Top 50 Future Leaders, having also appeared in last year’s list. Before graduating with an MBA in 2017, Deakin was Co-President of the School’s Out in Business Club. 

Meanwhile, Elliot Vaughn, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Deborah Sherry, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at GE Digital, were both named in the Top 100 LGBT+ Executives list. They came 36th and 37th respectively. 

Vaughn graduated from LBS with an MBA in 2005, before joining Natural Capital Partners as a consultant. Later that year, he moved to BCG as a consultant and has since been a project leader and principal at the firm. 

Sherry has amassed a wealth of experience since graduating from LBS with an MBA in 1997. She worked for Samsung in South Korea as a global strategist, before moving to Freeserve as managing director of She has also held senior roles at Wanadoo UK, Orange and Google.