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May 17, 2013 11:40 pm
From Ms Eden Collinsworth.
Sir, I read with interest, but without surprise, your article on data from the Professional Boards Forum (“FTSE 100 fails to hit target for women”, May 16).
As a recent American transplant – and, more to the point, as a businesswoman – who is currently exploring the possibility of putting myself forward for such consideration here in the UK, I’ve been advised that my chances would improve if I was already on a board. I believe this is what is called a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Having excelled in business over an extensive period of time variously as president, chief executive officer, chief financial officer, chief operating officer and corporate officer, circumstances have prevented me from sitting on boards until now. And it happens that now, more than ever, business is facing a radically changed and globally competitive marketplace. Those that will thrive possess boards with increasingly diverse perspectives.
I don’t believe in quotas; but here’s hoping UK companies and their executive recruiters find more imaginative ways of targeting capable women.
Eden Collinsworth, London W1, UK
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