I have spent the past four weeks interviewing many of the world’s most highly rated women chief executives for the FT’s forthcoming ranking of Top 50 Women in World Business (to be announced in a separate magazine published with the FT on November 17).
Last week, the FT reported on research by Spencer Stuart, an executive search company, into the diversity of S&P 500 company boards.
According to the research, over the last five years the top 500 US companies have not significantly increased the representation of women on their executive boards, with one in five companies continuing to be all-male bastions.
Today, Vince Cable, the business secretary, will address the annual conference of the CBI, the UK business lobby group. In a speech that has been widely leaked ahead of the time, he will talk about the dangers of “corporate short-termism”.