More focus needed on gender equality in the management suite

Irish Times | Dec 14, 2021 at 6:09 AM
  • There was some encouraging news in the push towards gender equality in boardrooms this week, as a Government-sponsored report said 31 per cent of directors on the biggest Irish-listed companies are women, breaching a key threshold.
  • Francesca McDonagh is chief executive of Bank of Ireland, Siobhán Talbot is group managing director of Glanbia, and Margaret Sweeney is chief executive of IRES.
  • For companies that are concerned about the optics of boardroom gender equality, it is clearly much easier to appoint women non-executive directors to bump up the numbers than it is to promote women through the ranks into top management positions.