“At Last, Women Are Bridging the Boardroom Gap”
In the July 8, 2010 issue of The Herald Sun of Melbourne, Booz & Company Partner Vanessa Wallace (Australia) said her election to the Board of Directors of Wesfarmers “shows that if you become really good at something ... these opportunities are available to the average Australian.” The newspaper reported of the 107 appointments to Australian Stock Exchange 200 boards since January 1, 2010, only 26 of those directorships have gone to women. The trend contrasts with last year when of the 187 directors appointed, just ten, or five percent, were women, according to research by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Wallace said her background consulting across a range of sectors made her ideal to direct the diversified group. “I’ve not been a superstar, but I have been a high performer,” said the Sydney-based mother of three sons.