Women in Senior Management: Still Not Enough


GRANT THORNTON INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REPORT 2012

The past 12 months have seen women take the lead in some of the toughest economic and political environments:
Christine Lagarde became the first female to head the International Monetary Fund, Angela Merkel, the German
Chancellor, has emerged as the key figure in solving the eurozone sovereign debt crisis and Maria das Gracas Foster
has taken over at Petrobras, becoming the first woman to run one of the world’s top five oil companies. Women also
head governments in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil and Thailand.
This short report, based on our latest International Business Report (IBR), explores why this issue matters, the current
state of play and what is being done about it. Key findings from the survey:
• women hold one in five senior management roles globally, very similar to the level observed in 2004
• businesses in Russia, followed by Botswana, the Philippines and Thailand have the most women in senior
management; those in Germany, India and Japan the least
• less than one in ten businesses has a female CEO, with women largely employed in finance and human resources
(HR) roles
• many economies, especially in Europe, are choosing to implement quotas on the number of women on boards
• no clear correlation between either flexible working practices or female economic activity and the proportion of
women in senior management was found.

Read more into the article from the Grant Thornton International Business Report, 2012 here:
Women in Senior Management: Still Not Enough

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