In the recently published ‘Route to the Top’, the annual CEO report released by global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, there were a number of findings which offered a fascinating insight into how the image of a global CEO is changing in the context of a shifting economic and business environment. For Jenni Hibbert, the global managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ financial services practice, the report offers an accurate representation of the insurance sector within the UK market.
For Hibbert, one of the most surprising aspects of the report was the slow growth rate of gender diversity which, despite showing improvements in the past couple of years, is not where she would like it to be. While the UK is still ahead of the international average, she said, 93% of CEOs in the UK are men and there has been a 1.2% decrease in the number of female CEOs since last year which suggests a stagnation.
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