Eight businesswomen in top leadership positions at leading listed companies in the Americas have been named winners of the annual WeQual Awards (www.wequal.com/awards).
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Eight businesswomen in top leadership positions at leading companies in the Americas have been named winners of the annual WeQual Awards for 2021. WeQual identifies and recognizes world-class women executives, one level below the following C of the group, and is designed to promote diversity and gender balance within the group executive committees of the largest companies in the Americas zone. (Photo: BusinessWire)
WeQual identifies and recognizes world-class female executives, one level below the C-suite group, and is designed to promote diversity and gender equality on group executive committees of the largest companies in the Americas region.
The eight winners were selected from a shortlist of 24 finalists. Winners are employed at TELUS, IBM, Analog Devices, CIBC FirstCaribbean, ABB, HSBC, Comcast and Diageo.
Katie Litchfield, Founder and CEO of WeQualstates, “WeQual identifies already high-performing senior women who are qualified to be appointed to the Group C suite. Our mission is to address the slow progress in appointing diverse women to leadership positions and highlight success where they occur.
“The glass ceiling concept has been an issue for decades, and the drop is greatest just below the Group C suite, so it’s important to champion gender equality at the top.”
The awards come at an important time for women in business. The global Covid-19 pandemic risks pushing back opportunities for women to be appointed to the highest positions. “The fact that we are able to celebrate the accomplishments of these women in big business right now sets a shining example for others,” said Katie Litchfield.
The winners are:
− ABB: Heather CykoskiGroup Vice President (Leadership Excellence category)
− Analog Devices: Jen LloydVice-President, Technologies and Precision Platforms BU (Technology Impact category)
− Comcast: Noopur DavisEVP, Chief Product and Information Security Officer (Business Security category)
− IBM: Christina MontgomeryVP, Chief Privacy Officer (Business Innovation category)
− HSBC: Terecina KwongChief Operating Officer, HSBC Europe (Operational Performance Category)
− TELUS (Canada): Juggy Sihota, Vice President, Consumer Health (Corporate Transformation Category)
− CIBC FirstCaribbean (Jamaica): Monique FrenchChief Credit Officer (Finance Category)
− Diageo: Paula CostaVice President of Marketing, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil (Business Turnaround category)
The 24 finalists were evaluated according to specific criteria: leadership, cognitive abilities, dynamism and resilience, integrity, emotional intelligence, personal development, approach to equality and knowledge of their company. All applicants were blindly assessed with no name or company revealed in their application.
To choose the winners, eight executive investigators conducted 30-minute interviews with the three finalists in each category before each choosing a category winner. The judges were:
− Sir Ian Cheshire, former Chairman of Barclays UK
− Steve Cahillane, Chairman and Chairman, Kellogg Company
− Douglas Peterson, CEO, S&P Global
− Dame Inga Beale, President-Elect, Mediclinic
− Ann Cairns, Executive Vice President, Mastercard
− Ron Kalifa OBE, President, Network International
− Tamara Box, Managing Partner EMEA, Reed Smith LLP
− Zoran Bogdanovic, CEO, Coca-Cola HBC
All 24 award finalists had access to a range of WeQual services and support networks designed to help them climb the ladder to group leadership level. A quarter of WeQual award winners in the US and UK have since been promoted to global executive boards of Fortune 500 and FTSE companies. There are now 120 senior women involved in WeQual worldwide.
WeQual’s mission is to make companies more inclusive by identifying outstanding female executives and addressing the gender imbalance in group executive committees around the world. Katie Litchfield, Founder and CEO of WeQual Awards, designed the new platform that calls on female senior executives to justify why they deserve to be nominated to the Group Executive Committee.
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