BRISBANE, Australia, 8 March 2017 – Cloudscene, the world’s largest directory of colocation data centers, cloud service providers and network fabrics, can reveal that just 5% of the top 100 global cloud service providers have female CEOs.
In line with this finding, a report released this month by Catalyst also disclosed that women hold just 5.8% of the CEO positions across all S&P 500 companies.
Analysis of Cloudscene’s data, consisting of 5,500+ data centers and 4,700+ cloud service providers, has uncovered the five female CEOs ruling within the top 100 cloud service providers:
- Singtel* – Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO
- Tele2 – Allison Kirkby, President & Group CEO
- Yahoo – Marissa Mayer, CEO
- Fibernet Direct – Carmen M. Perez, President & CEO
- The Quilt – Jen Leasure, President & CEO
Serial tech entrepreneur and Cloudscene’s founder, Bevan Slattery said: “It would be naive to not acknowledge the importance of more women holding leadership positions in the tech sector globally.
“Whether it’s a gender, racial or age diversity imbalance, having the same people in the room does not drive innovation to its full potential. There is more work to be done to push the boundaries of what the tech sector can achieve and diversity is certainly one area that can make a significant difference,” said Bevan Slattery.
The CEO of leading HR tech company, Revelian, and the Australian Institute of Management’s 2016 Leader of the Year, Cherie Curtis, added that understanding the value of diversity and acknowledging the gender gap is a critical first step to change in the tech sector.
“From a psychological perspective we know that strength comes from diversity. A balance of individual differences or personalities makes for a more powerful decision-making group. More females in tech will materially enhance the capability of the industry and the ability to service the broader community. This has a direct commercial impact,” Cherie Curtis said.
Of Cloudscene’s top 100 cloud service providers with CEO positions held by women:
- Three of the companies also have an equal or majority representation of women in the boardroom, with the remaining two boards having an 18% and 27% female representation
- Four of the five CEOs obtained the role without a formal tech qualification, instead the women had finance/accounting/economics degrees with just Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer having a formal qualification in computer science
- Two of the women held the company’s CFO role prior to being offered the CEO position
- The United States is home to three of the CEOs, with two women residing in Sweden and Singapore respectively.
Whilst the tech industry is showing progress with an increasing representation of women in the board room, the wage gap remains prominent according to tech recruitment firm, Hired. The study revealed that women in the tech sector in the US, UK, Canada and Australia were still paid less than their male counterparts. Specifically, the salary gap is eight percent in the US, nine percent in the UK, seven percent in Canada and five percent in Australia.
The top 100 cloud service providers are determined based on the total connectivity (PoPs) of the company worldwide. To find out who the top cloud service providers and colocation data centers are globally visit www.cloudscene.com/top10
*Includes Optus PoPs
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