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Thursday 30 May 2013

ESCP Europe Business School joins the Global Board Ready Women Forum

ESCP Europe is proud to become the latest business school member of the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) forum, offering visibility in the recruitment marketplace for Board-level positions to highly-qualified women from its community. These will include ESCP Europe's own directors and professors, as well as women from its 40,000-strong alumni network.

The GBRW forum was created by the European Commission, and is administered by the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors' Club working on the global online business platform, LinkedIn.  All members are qualified to work in board-level positions in publicly-listed companies, meeting a clear set of criteria defined by the European Business Schools' Women on Board initiative. The ever-growing list will be available online for corporations and executive search companies to consult.

The numbers are clear: recent research published in the Financial Times states that companies with 35% representation of women on their Boards have outperformed less diverse ones during the financial crisis. Over 2,000 women are already listed in the GBRW group on Linkedin, with this number set to grow to 8,000.

It is clear that there are more than enough eminently qualified women to help lead both European and global corporations into the 21st century; it is now time to shatter the glass ceiling that keeps these women from ascending to board-level positions.

"I often hear the argument that there are not enough qualified women to occupy positions in the boardroom. Today, European business schools and their colleagues around the world are shattering those myths as well as glass ceilings! The list shows that the qualified women are there – 8,000 of them. Companies should now make use of this untapped pool of talent." Viviane Reding EU Vice-President and Justice Commissioner

As the World's First Business School (est. 1819), ESCP Europe has an established influence and in 2013 celebrates the fortieth anniversary of its expansion into Germany and the UK. Offering multi-campus, cross-border postgraduate business education programmes, ESCP Europe's network of ‘board-ready' women is extensive, international and ready to participate in this exciting progression.

Press Contact:
Shireen Fraser | Head of Public Relations
Tel. +44 (0)20 7443 8833 | Mobile +44 7952 230 175 | @escpeurope | @shireenfraser

About ESCP Europe - The World's First Business School (est.1819)
Established in 1819, ESCP Europe is the world's oldest business school and has educated generations of leaders and pioneering thinkers. With its five urban campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Torino, ESCP Europe's true European identity enables the provision of a unique style of cross-cultural business education and a global perspective on international management issues. Triple-crown accredited (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB), ESCP Europe welcomes 4,000 students and 5,000 executives from 90 different nations every year. The School's alumni network counts 40,000 members of 200 nationalities from 150 countries.

Through a combination of innovative pedagogy, cross-campus programmes with integrated curricula, and a research-active faculty, ESCP Europe is an essential contributor to the development of a European transnational management culture. The aspiration of ESCP Europe is the credo of Europe: to remain faithful to its humanistic values while at the same time anticipating the new ways of the world.

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