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Annual global survey finds senior business roles held by women up slightly to 24%

New report reveals 24% of women hold senior management positions

The G7 is among the worst performing regions, with just 22% of senior roles occupied by women and 39% of companies with no women in senior roles. Two of the poorest performing individual countries are Japan, with just 7% senior roles held by women, and Germany, with 15%.

Meanwhile Eastern Europe and ASEAN report the highest proportions of women in leadership at 35% and 34% respectively, and just 16% and 21% of firms with no women in senior management respectively. Russia tops the list of individual countries with 45% of senior roles held by women, followed by the Philippines at 39%, where only 9% businesses have no women in senior management.

Hisham Farouk, CEO of Grant Thornton in the United Arab Emirates said: “Companies across developed nations have talked the talk on diversity in leadership for long enough. It’s time to put their promises into practice and deliver results. We know that businesses with diverse workforces can outperform their more homogenous peers and are better positioned to adapt to a rapidly changing global business environment, therefore women in leadership must be embraced in the UAE and globally.”

The full report Women in Business 2016: Turning promise into practice is available via

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