companies appointed women board directors in 2018

added women to their board in 2018

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women on boards of Top 100 primary-listed companies as at 31 December 2018(Click here for DAC’s Report)

News and Highlights

The Council for Board Diversity, chaired by Loh Boon Chye, CEO of Singapore Exchange, and Mildred Tan, Chairman of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, takes over from the Diversity Action Committee to increase women’s representation on boards of organisations in the private, people and public sectors in Singapore. President Halimah Yacob is the Council’s patron.

Hear from leaders such as Kwek Leng Beng (Executive Chairman, Hong Leong Group), Piyush Gupta (CEO, DBS Group), Loh Boon Chye (CEO, SGX and Chairman, DAC), Deborah Ho (Country Head Singapore and Head of SEA, BlackRock), and others.

A number of companies are on track to reach a FTSE 100 target of 33% women directors by end 2020, according to the annual UK Hampton-Alexander review of representation on boards at the country’s biggest companies. However, 75 companies in the FTSE 350 remain resolutely male-dominated with only one woman on the board, according to the review.

Goh Swee Chen (Shell), Simon Israel (Singtel), Lee Yan Hong (DBS) and Annie Koh (SMU) share their views here. “Progressive boards hold their CEOs accountable for the diverse composition of the workforce. … CEOs stuck in a single-culture time warp will have difficulty navigating for success under turbulent circumstances.”

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from 12 Mar
Course (in Hong Kong)Non-Executive Director Diploma Asia
By Financial Times
20 Mar
Course (in Singapore)So You Want to Be a Non-Executive Director?
By Financial Times
Course (in UK)The Effective Non-Executive Director Programme
by Financial Times
1012 Apr
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Interviews and Speeches

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Peter T. Grauer

Chairman, Bloomberg LP

“Lack of (board) diversity can no longer be gotten away with by citing a lack of ‘supply’. We must recognize that it is clearly a matter of demand – and that precedent-setting demand must come from the very top of companies.”

Read Mr Grauer’s Keynote at DAC’s event here.

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Panel Discussion at Chairman to Chairman Conversation

* Peter Seah, Chairman, DBS Bank and Singapore Airlines
* S.S. Teo, Executive Chairman and Managing Director, PIL

shared their views on how companies steer through disruptive changes in technology, markets and supply chains, and issues of board diversity and resilience. Read key takeaways here.

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Simon Israel

Chairman, Singtel and Singpost

“Board diversity is an important contributor to Board effectiveness and high performing Boards. While gender diversity is only one dimension of diversity, it is an important one and and is a hallmark of progressive Boards.”

Watch Mr Israel’s keynote address at DAC’s event here.

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Panel Discussion at DAC Seminar

Corporate leaders discuss their views on board diversity.

Click HERE to watch the panel discussion with

*Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Group
*Min Lan Tan, APAC Head Chief Investment Office, UBS Global Wealth Mgt
*Diaan-Yi Lin, Senior Partner, Singapore, McKinsey & Company

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Compiled by the Diversity Action Committee


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The Diversity Action Committee is an 18-member Committee comprising corporate leaders and professionals from the business, people and public sectors, formed to address the under-representation of women on boards of companies in Singapore.