Home

Executive Search Firms Highlight Their Role in Promoting Boardroom Diversity

Bookmark
Retained executive search firms, represented by the worldwide Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), discussed the importance of gender diversity at board level, the value which diversity can bring in corporate management and the role played by executive search firms to promote diversity at the AESC’s 16th Annual European Conference “Leading from the Top – Diversity and its Impact on Corporate Management” on November 13th in Berlin.

On the eve of the announcement of her new legislative proposal setting an objective of a 40% presence of the under-represented sex among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges, EU Commissioner Viviane Reding lauded the efforts deployed by executive search firms and encouraged them to do more in assisting their clients to increase the proportion of diverse candidates on their boards.

Speaking at the event, Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, managing director at Catalyst Europe, and Professor Susan Vinnicombe, OBE of Cranfield School of Management, stressed that tremendous change is happening over the past few months leading to more female executives occupying leadership positions but they also emphasized that it was a persisting challenge to shift organizations and candidates’ mindsets. Enlarging the discussion to diversity in its broadest sense, Farrah Qureshi, managing director of Global Diversity Practice, explained the numerous unconscious biases which often lead to poor and conservative hiring. Executive search firms can do a better job, notably in educating clients and convincing them that they need to have solid plans in place to recruit, develop and retain.

Also taking part in panel at the event were Eileen Taylor, Global Head of Diversity at Deutsche Bank, Ines Kolmsee, Chair of SKW Stahl-Metallurgie and the only female chief executive of a publicly listed company in Germany as well as Hays Steilberg from Bertelsmann. They concurred that to have more diversity at board level, you need to look at all levels of the organization rather than just focusing on senior roles. “The mistake everybody makes is thinking it’s just the women below board level. You have to feed the pyramid and start from the beginning,” said Eileen Taylor. On discussing the issue of women reaching senior positions, Ines Kolmsee warned that women are more affected by failure: “Sometimes we [women] succeed but when we fail the burden of perceived failure is shared by every woman in the organization.”
About the Association of Executive Search Consultants
The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is the worldwide professional association for the retained executive search industry. The AESC promotes the highest professional standards in retained executive search consulting, broadens public understanding of the executive search process, and serves as an advocate for the interests of its member firms. For more information, or to download the AESC Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines, please visit www.aesc.org.

The AESC also offers www.bluesteps.com, a career management service for senior executives, and www.executivesearchconnect.com, a free service for the HR community offering industry information and tools to assist with senior executive recruiting, including access to the AESC’s International Executive Search Directory.
--

This article was written by Christophe de Callatay from the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
Are you interested in being considered for a board of directors position?

Indicate your interest in your BlueSteps profile. Choose "Board Director" under career target. Update your profile now >>
Be visible to retained executive search consultants at the world's top retained executive search firms.

As a member of BlueSteps, your career details will be confidentially provided to hundreds of the world’s leading retained executive search firms in over 75 countries.  Benefits include:

•    Confidentially increase your visibility to top executive recruiters
•    Build stronger connections using a fully searchable directory
     of executive search consultants who are AESC members
•    Explore executive job opportunities being filled by
     AESC member executive search firms
•    Elevate your personal brand
•    Plan your executive career management strategy

Click here to begin connecting with executive search firms >>

 

Categories: 

The Ultimate Executive Career Guide: Connecting with Executive Search

As a senior-level executive, you can use this guide to:
- Learn about executive search and how it differs from other forms of recruiting
- Discover the best ways to connect with executive search professionals
- Understand how the search process works
- Implement strategies that will help you become visible to the search community
- And more!

Download Now!

About the author

BlueSteps's picture

About BlueSteps

BlueSteps empowers executives to reach their career goals with strategic career planning.

 

At BlueSteps, we thoughtfully create career management solutions that are designed to help leaders advance their careers, stay on track to build a long-term career playbook, and become a strong leader. Our tools and resources will help you:
  • Advance your career with tools to keep you on track. 
  • Access insider job market intelligence from the experts.
  • Identify and network with the right recruiters.
  • Discover executive jobs and board positions not found elsewhere.
  • Connect with world class career advisors for support when you need it.

Start Owning Your Career Journey >>

Other posts by this author

Share your thoughts

Stay Connected