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Female CEOs of FTSE 350 companies

womens_day_2013-1055007-hpToday, 8 March 2013, is International Women’s Day so here are the the women who are CEOs (Chief Executive Officers) of FTSE 350 companies.

[The FTSE 350 is the 100 largest (most highly capitalised) companies  (FTSE 100) plus the 250 next largest companies (FTSE 250) on the London stock exchange.]

  • Katherine Lucy Garrett-Cox – ALLIANCE TRUST PLC
  • Cynthia Caroll – ANGLO AMERICAN PLC
  • Angela Jean Ahrendts – BURBERRY GROUP PLC
  • Doctor Louise Makin – BTG PLC (British Technology Group International PLC prior to 03/1995)
  • Dorothy Carrington Thompson – DRAX GROUP PLC
  • Carolyn Julia McCall – EASYJET PLC
  • Alison J Cooper – IMPERIAL TOBACCO GROUP PLC
  • Ruby McGregor-Smith – MITIE GROUP PLC
  • Lynn Rosanne Fordham – SVG CAPITAL PLC (Schroder Ventures International Investment Trust PLC prior to 05/2004)
  • The Hon. Diana (Dido) Mary Harding – TALKTALK TELECOM GROUP PLC
  • Kathryn (Kate) Elizabeth Swann – WH SMITH PLC

BoardEx turned out to be the easiest database to find this information. In others (e.g. Thomson One Banker, Orbis) it is possible to go from a company to director information but not to search for a company based on directors’ characteristics.

Even BoardEx has limitations since its search capabilities only covers current executives. The list above is current information – it doesn’t include Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino who was CEO of PEARSON PLC (owners of the Financial Times) until 31 December 2012.

[Image above is Google’s logo for International Women’s Day 2013]

Angela Ahrendts (CEO of Burberry) appears at no 45 in the Forbes list The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

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  1. markgreenwood
    13 March 2013 at 11:27 am

    Using Bloomberg Professional you can get a membership listing of the FTSE350 and then add the field FEMALE_CEO_OR_EQUIVALENT (ES277) – this takes value 1.0 (true) if the company has a Female Chief Executive Officer or Equivalent otherwise 0.0 (false).

    Bloomberg and BoardEx do not agree 100%. Bloomberg still has FEMALE_CEO_OR_EQUIVALENT = 1.0 (true) for Premier Farnell PLC where Harriet Green was replaced as CEO by Laurence Bain in June 2012, and for Pearson PLC where Marjorie M Scardino was replaced as CEO by John Fallon on January 1st 2013. It appears Bloomberg updates this field annually from the company accounts while BoardEx, being a more specialist database, tracks board changes as they are announced.

    Bloomberg also has FEMALE_CEO_OR_EQUIVALENT = 0.0 (false) for Alliance Trust PLC. Bloomberg does not collect data on its management perhaps because the Alliance Trust is an Investment Trust.

  2. 23 December 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Mark,
    As a representative of Women on Boards UK we would like to contact the FTSE 250 companies. I have tried BoardEx but believe you need a membership and we are a not for profit. Appreciate any further guidance you have as to how I may access this information.
    Best,
    Lorraine

  3. markgreenwood
    25 June 2014 at 12:48 pm

    BoardEx has an interesting infographic showing a geneder analysis of top quoted companies by country – http://corp.boardex.com/gender-infographic/

  1. 8 August 2013 at 5:45 pm

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