The National Association for Female Executives Names FleishmanHillard One of the 2020 “Top 10 Companies for Executive Women”

March 3, 2020

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This is the Fifth Consecutive Year for the Agency in the Top 10, and 11th Year on the List

ST. LOUIS, March 3, 2020 – FleishmanHillard has been named one of the 2020 NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). NAFE and Working Mother continue to explore ways to move more women into top positions, while highlighting the successes at these trailblazing companies.

This list recognizes U.S. companies that have a strong focus on best practices that move women to senior ranks, including mentoring, sponsorship, involvement in employee-resource groups and leadership-development training. The list also highlights company benefits and corporate cultures of accountability for gender-equity results, including the involvement of the CEO and top leaders 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.

“The women at FleishmanHillard are leaders, mentors and change agents. Their perspectives, expertise, resolve and dedication to our clients and each other are what make us successful,” said John Saunders, president and CEO of FleishmanHillard. “We’re proud to be recognized by NAFE for the 11th straight year, as we continue to grow our culture of inclusion and diverse perspectives.”

The 2020 NAFE honor is a testament to FleishmanHillard’s ongoing initiatives to appoint, support and recognize women in leadership. Examples of these efforts include:

  • Women being appointed to 12 of the 23 seats on the FleishmanHillard Cabinet, the senior leadership team charged with advancing the firm’s most strategic priorities.
  • 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 earned three-quarters (74%) of global senior-level promotions in 2019.
  • Women leading 63% of offices worldwide, including 10 of our 15 highest growth offices.

“Our research ‘The Gender Gap at the Top: What’s Keeping Women from Leading Corporate America’ uncovered the alarming fact that men — not women — are being trained and selected for the revenue-generating positions that lead to the top job,” said Dr. Betty Spence, president, NAFE. “At the NAFE Top Companies, we do report small increases in women running major operations and moving into the C-suite, and we encourage all companies to focus on gender equity in their succession planning.”

“The 2020 NAFE Top Companies continue to tell the story of what organizations are doing to move women into executive positions by communicating the value of P&L roles and ensuring equity in executive succession planning,” said Subha V. Barry, president, Working Mother Media. “However, corporate America is finally beginning to realize that there is still much work to do. There are still too few women with this experience, but the NAFE Top Companies continue to pave the way for the advancement of women.”

Methodology: The 2020 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.

About FleishmanHillard

FleishmanHillard specializes in public relations, reputation management, public affairs, brand marketing, digital strategy, social engagement and content strategy. FleishmanHillard was named 2019 PRWeek U.S. Outstanding Large Agency; 2019 Holmes Report North America Large Agency of the Year; ICCO Network of the Year – Americas 2017-2019; Agency of the Year at the 2017 and 2018 North American Excellence Awards; 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 2018-2020; PR Awards Asia 2017 Greater China Agency of the Year; and NAFE’s “Top Companies for Executive Women” 2010-2020. 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 80 offices in 30 countries, plus affiliates in 45 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 eight specialist agencies in public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,000 public relations professionals in more than 330 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. 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.​

About NAFE

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.

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