There’s been little progress in equality among the sexes around the boardroom table according to the latest research. Despite some high profile women at the top, like Patricia Russo who runs the computer equipment company Alcatel-Lucent, and Anne-Marie Ydrac who keeps SNCF on the rails in France, the American organisation Corporate Women Directors International has found just over 11 per cent of directors are female.
The research shows American boardrooms to be most open to women directors, but still the figure is only 17.6 per cent. The UK, Germany and France follow, before the numbers take a dive in Italy, where only 2.9 per cent of directors are women, and Japan which it appears is still a man’s world.
As one might expect, some individual companies stand out from statistics. The US courier UPS, Bank of America and Hewlett Packard’s boards comprise 25 per cent women. And ATT, Merrill Lynch and Johnson and Johnson boast 1 in three female directors.