Top female talent attracted to ‘progressive’ UK

Seven
of the top 50 women in business outside the US work for UK firms, according to
the latest research.

The
study by Fortune magazine claims that the UK is one of the most progressive
countries in the world in terms of promoting women to top positions in
business.

The
magazine compiled a list of women with the most commercial influence outside
America, concentrating on bosses with operating responsibility rather than just
a stake in the company.

The
poll suggests that the UK is the easiest place for women to reach the top,
ahead of France, Japan, China and Singapore.

However,
four of the seven senior women highlighted by the study as working in the UK
are Americans working for UK businesses.

Women
in power (in the UK):


Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Pearson


Linda Cook, chief financial officer at Shell’s gas and power division


Judy Boynton, chief financial officer at Royal Dutch/Shell group


Vivienne Cox, BP vice-president


Clara Furse, chief executive of the London Stock Exchange


Rose Marie Bravo, Burberry


Val Gooding, chief executive of Bupa

By Ben Willmott

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