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Russia Has Most Women in Senior Management Positions

Published: June 20, 2014 (Issue # 1816)



  • Marina Malykhina, Founder and CEO of Magram Market Research is one of the women that has helped Russia take top spot in the number of women in positions of power.
    Photo: For SPT

Russia has a higher proportion of women in senior management positions than any other country in the world, according to professional services firm Grant Thornton.

Eastern European economies are the global frontrunners in gender equality, with 37 percent of senior management posts filled by women, well above the average of 24 percent, which was described as disappointing result in the 2014 study, titled, “Women in Business: From Classroom to Boardroom,” part of Grant Thornton's 2014 International Business Report, or IBR.

And of the the high performers, Russia fared best, with the report finding that 43 percent of senior management roles are handed to women, a figure that has held fairly stable since 2004. This may come as a surprise, given that Russia is widely perceived to be a patriarchal society, though the IBR partly attributed the high percentage to a gender ratio that favors women by 6:5.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania had on average the next highest proportion with 39 percent, according to IBR data, which was gathered during 6,700 interviews with senior managers from all industry sectors between November 2013 and February 2014.

By contrast, the slice of senior roles being enjoyed by women in Britain is 20 percent. In the U.S. it is 23 percent.

With just 9 percent, Japan ranked bottom of the 45-economy survey for the 10th year in a row.

Globally, the education and social services sector have the highest proportion of female senior managers with 51 percent, followed by hospitality on 37 percent. The mining industry have the lowest proportion — 12 percent.

The most commonly held management posts for women is HR Director, at 25 percent, and Chief Financial Officer, at 23 percent. Only 12 percent of chief executives were women, the report said.





 


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Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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