Gender Equality Awards 2016 - FTSE Executive Women Award - Kingfisher plc

The Female FTSE Awards are a partnership with Business in the Community and Cranfield School of Management and are based on the findings of the annual Cranfield Female FTSE 100 Index which was last published in March 2016.The FTSE Executive Women Award is given to the UK FTSE 100 business that employs the most female executives.   
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Véronique Laury, Chief Executive Officer, Kingfisher plc

Véronique Laury, Chief Executive Officer, Kingfisher plc“As with any business, our recruitment priority at Kingfisher is to appoint the best person and the best talent for every role we have. As a home improvement company women account for around half of our customers and make about three quarters of home improvement decisions. It is therefore really important to us that we develop a management team and a pipeline of talent to reflect that trend.

"We are delighted to receive this award for gender equality at executive committee level, where half of our Group Executive committee are women. At Board level, 44% of Kingfisher’s plc directors are women, including myself as CEO and our CFO. But we know there is more that we can do to bring more women through all the way from the shop floor to the most senior roles. That is one reason why we are an active member of the 30% Club Mentoring Scheme which helps develop a broader pipeline of female talent at all levels. Kingfisher’s LEAD programme, which is sponsored by our most senior leaders and aimed at men and women, is another way we are building a diverse range of candidates for senior leadership roles. In a more informal way, our Kingfisher Women’s Network helps provide networking support for our female managers, with the help of executive and non-executive Board members.

"At Kingfisher, our ambition is to create good homes by making home improvement accessible to everyone. Developing a management team that more closely reflects our customer base and makes the most of the up-and-coming leaders we have within the business is one way that we can make that happen.”

The FTSE Executive Committee Award is based on the findings of the Female FTSE 100 Index which is published annually by Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders, part of Cranfield University School of Management. Cranfield’s analysis of Executive Committee members includes the Company Secretaries.