The National Association for Female Executives Names FleishmanHillard One of the 2019 “Top 10 Companies for Executive Women”
This is the Fourth Consecutive Year for the Agency in the Top 10, and 10th Year on the List
ST. LOUIS, March 5, 2019 – FleishmanHillard has been named one of the 2019 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). NAFE and Working Mother continue to highlight the success of trailblazing companies, while exploring what keeps women from the top.
This list recognizes U.S. corporations where there is a strong focus on best practices that demonstrate effectiveness in moving women to senior ranks, including mentoring, sponsorship, involvement in employee-resource groups and leadership-development training. The list also highlights company benefits, including flexibility, corporate culture and CEO involvement in advancing women. The NAFE Top 70 Companies, released today, is featured in the April/May issue of Working Mother. The full report on this year’s winners is listed here.
“It’s our goal to make FleishmanHillard the most inclusive global communications agency there is and nothing less,” said John Saunders, president and CEO of FleishmanHillard. “We believe in the power of perspectives and a team that reflects the world in which we live, the stakeholders we serve and the clients with whom we partner. We’re thrilled to celebrate our 10th year on this prestigious list as we continue to aim even higher with our inclusion efforts.”
The NAFE 2019 recognition highlights FleishmanHillard’s ongoing initiatives to promote and support women in leadership roles. Several examples of these efforts include:
- Women being appointed to 10 of the 17 current seats on the company’s leadership cabinet.
- Women holding half of the roles within the C-suite.
- Women holding more than half of the regional leadership positions, including: president, APAC; president, Greater China; deputy CEO, FleishmanHillard Fishburn; and president, FleishmanHillard HighRoad.
- Female leaders overseeing more than half of FleishmanHillard’s global practice and sector groups, including the brand and consumer marketing, reputation management, sports and TRUE Global Intelligence practice groups; and the food, agriculture and beverage, healthcare and technology sector groups.
- Women leading 59 percent of the offices around the world.
“In 2019, a woman’s journey up the corporate ladder still differs from a man’s, but the Top Companies stand out in their application of remedies,” says NAFE president Dr. Betty Spence. “They are models of how to progressively move women into senior roles, as reflected in their strong representation in the leadership ranks.”
“The 2019 NAFE Top Companies continue to tell a progressive story about what organizations are doing to move women up into executive positions,” says Subha V. Barry, president of Working Mother Media. “While the results are encouraging, there is still much work to do. There are still too few women serving as CEOs, managing large asset portfolios, and seated on boards of directors, but the NAFE Top Companies are paving the way for the advancement of women.”
Highlights of the 2019 NAFE Top 70 Companies include:
- Female representation among CEOs at the NAFE Top 70 companies increased five percentage points to 19 percent this year, outpacing the S&P 500 at 4.7 percent.
- The percentage of women on the boards of directors at the NAFE Top 70 companies increased two points to 32 percent, up from 30 percent in 2018. S&P 500 held steady year over year at 21 percent.
- Female executives responsible for divisions worth more than $1 billion increased from 21 percent to 26 percent in the past year.
Methodology: The 2019 NAFE Top 70 Companies application includes more than 200 questions on topics including female representation at all levels, but especially the corporate officer and profit-and-loss leadership ranks. The application tracks and examines how many employees have access to programs and policies that promote advancement of women and how many employees take advantage of them, plus how companies train managers to help women advance. To be considered, companies must have a minimum of two women on their boards of directors, a U.S.-based CEO, and at least 1,000 U.S. employees.
FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. FleishmanHillard was named Agency of the Year at the 2017 and 2018 North American Excellence Awards; 2017 and 2018 ICCO Network of the Year for the Americas; 2018 Large Consultancy of the Year by PRWeek UK; PR News’ Best Places to Work in PR 2016-2018; Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality for 2018; PR Awards Asia 2017 Greater China Agency of the Year; and NAFE’s “Top Companies for Executive Women” for 2010-2019. The firm’s award-winning work is widely heralded, including at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. FleishmanHillard is part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and has more than 80 offices in 30 countries, plus affiliates in 43 countries.
About Omnicom Public Relations Group
Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,300 public relations professionals in more than 370 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group delivers for clients through a relentless focus on talent, continuous pursuit of innovation and a culture steeped in collaboration. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves members with networking, tools, and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. NAFE.com provides up-to-date information, a community for women in business, and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by Bonnier Corporation.