Investors in karge plcs can take comfort from the calibre of female directors recruited in recent years
But the legacy of discrimination takes time to undo
There have been many attempts since the 1990s to pacify lobby groups agitating for ‘more women’ on boards. Ireland Inc sometimes had a tendency towards the nomination of a ‘token’ woman. That served neither women nor shareholders well. The majority of Ireland’s large plcs, however, had to bide their time. By waiting, it has been easier for companies to find female executive and non-executive directors not just with talent but with high-level executive experience too....
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