Lene Espersen: A pro-active way to get more women leaders into boards
Summary: Former Secretary of state Lene Espersen is focusing on her new job as CEO of DANSKE ARK, yet she is still interested in increasing diversity in Leadership and boards. Making the most of existing competence would be the aim, rather than leaving it to politics. "Its a challenge to shift to the private sector, and have the privilege of working on branding world-class Danish Architecture.”
By Peter Horn
LLene Espersen is happy with her new job as CEO of DANSKE ARK, an organisation representing 130 Danish architecture companies, with 5,000 employees. She says she does not miss her work of Secretary of State, and leader of the conservative party. She left parliament in November, 2014 to take this new position on December 1st.
In her new role, she has left political life behind her, but that has not dampened her opinions on supporting women leaders to make the most of their competencies by gaining positions in top management and boards.
"From a social responsibility viewpoint, we know that increasing the number of women in business-related higher education provides a return on investment, allowing women to make a good career for themselves in the private sector. I agree with the concept of ExecutiveWomens.Net, offering hands on board experience, and providing new inspiration for a further career in top management.
Berlingske Business, 20 november 2013
DR.dk, P4-Trekanten, 10. januar 2014
Frederiksborg Amts Avis, 3. januar 2014
Not only do women gain, but companies with high-growth potential get a strategic boost, by gaining a board or advisory board" says Lene Espersen.
She says its an advantage to raise the number of board seats, from the existing 140,000 in Denmark, by establishing more boards, and in this way, developing more women for becoming candidates to positions in the top 1000 companies.
"I don't have an opinion on forcing quotas, as in Norway, where the law mandates a minimum of 40% of each gender in publicly listed companies. It could be a better solution for all if the private sector themselves can work out a way to fully use the competencies and resources of every member of society.”m
Børsen Executive, 14 november 2013
Executive Magazine, 20.
1. december 2013
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