There are currently nine female chief executives in the FTSE 100, the group of the largest businesses traded on the London Stock Exchange by market cap. When Allison Kirkby takes over as BT’s new CEO next year, she’ll be the tenth female CEO among the leaders of the FTSE 100 companies in the United Kingdom.
Britain’s biggest listed firms have been accused of an ‘appalling’ lack of progress in promoting women to executive roles. This year, 91 percent of FTSE 100 CEOs are men, meaning just 9 percent of companies have female CEOs, according to the latest report from the CEOWORLD magazine. The total of nine FTSE 100 female chief executives is just one up on last year.
These include 44-year-old Italian-born Milena Mondini-de-Focatiis of the Admiral Group, the youngest female CEO on the list, as well as Amanda Blanc of Aviva, Dame Emma Walmsley at the drugmaker GSK, and Jennie Daly at the housebuilder Taylor Wimpey.
The 10 female CEOs in FTSE 100 companies in the United Kingdom, 2023
- Allison Kirkby: U.K. telecom giant BT Group plc (in 2024)
- Margherita Della Valle, chief executive of Vodafone
- Debra Crew at the world’s biggest spirits maker Diageo
- Amanda Blanc at the insurer Aviva
- Dame Emma Walmsley at the drugmaker GSK
- Jette Nygaard-Andersen at the gambling firm Entain
- Jennie Daly at the housebuilder Taylor Wimpey
- Milena Mondini de Focatiis at the insurer Admiral
- Louise Beardmore, at United Utilities, the UK’s largest listed water company
- Liv Garfield at former leader at BT’s Openreach subsidiary and chief executive at the water company Severn Trent
Number of female CEOs at FTSE 100 companies in the United Kingdom from 2016 to 2024
As of 2023, 9 women were in the position of chief executive officers (CEOs) at FTSE 100 companies.
- 2024: 10 female CEOs
- 2023: 9 female CEOs
- 2022: 9 female CEOs
- 2021: 8 female CEOs
- 2020: 8 female CEOs
- 2019: 6 female CEOs
- 2018: 6 female CEOs
- 2017: 6 female CEOs
- 2016: 6 female CEOs
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