Thursday, March 12, 2009

Women in the Boardroom

From Times Online:
"Research published this week by Elisabeth Marx, a partner with Heidrick & Struggles, the executive search company, shows that the women who do make it on to FTSE 100 boards are highly educated: 48 per cent have attended Oxbridge or an Ivy League school; 68 per cent have an advanced degree such as an MBA. It is more common, according to Dr Marx, for women aged under 50 to have attended an elite university and obtained an advanced degree. In an earlier study she found that only 45 per cent of male chief executives had an advanced degree.

Both Dr Marx and Dr Vinnicombe agree that one way forward is for the women on non-executive director nomination committees to be given more influence. Women are on about half the nomination committees but tend to be additional members rather than taking the place of men."

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