The male dominance of the upper echelons of European business has barely changed over the past two years, in spite of a clutch of government and private initiatives aimed at encouraging companies to appoint more women to their boards.
Women account for 11.7 per cent of board seats at the top 300 European companies, up from 8.5 per cent in 2008, according to research by Russell Reynolds, the headhunter. But only seven women hold chief executive or executive chairwoman positions and one in five companies still has an all-male board.
Gender inequity is a situation that will continue to be under scrutiny. The “success or failure” of this will continue to be in the eye of the beholder in many situations.