Fortune 500 listing has highest ever number of female CEOs

9 May

There are now 18 female chief executives in the Fortune 500 in the US – the highest number of women to secure a position in this influential listing.

CNN’s Leading Women report on Meet Fortune 500’s Female Powerbrokers gives a rundown of who’s made it this year, including Meg Whitman at Hewlett-Packard (in 10th position) and Ginni Rometty from IBM (in 19th). There are a further 21 female CEOs in the Fortune 501-1000 listing.

As CNN rightly points out, this is great progress, but there is still some way to go to improve the number of women on boards. Does this lie in the hands of the female CEOs who’ve made it? Will they – as suggested by Baroness Goudie, founder of the 30% Club, in the CNN report – encourage chairman to include more female candidates when selecting board members, and become role models to the women moving up the ranks?

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