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Latest Podcast: Katie talks to Penny James, CEO of Direct Line Group

Katie talks to Penny James about gender equality, networking, leadership skills, mentors, when to hire a coach, and her journey to the chief executive’s role, in the latest episode of WeQual’s CEOs Uncut series. 

The CEO of Direct Line Group talks eruditely, candidly, expansively and exclusively about the challenges she faces as head of the insurance group, and what it means to have an ExCo with more women than men. 

Penny also reveals the surprising way in which the few women CEOs of FTSE-listed companies support each other – and her own tips for “being made up” to the C-suite.

The sixth episode in our groundbreaking series of CEO interviews is available to download at WeQual – and wherever you download podcasts.

WeQual Awards recognizes two Schneider Electric women leaders for their contributions to business

Two senior executives of Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, are finalists for the WeQual Awards for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 2021 in the “Business Development” and “People and Culture” categories.

WeQual’s mission is to bring equality and diversity to businesses worldwide, by identifying successful women who report into the global group executive committees of the world’s biggest companies. WeQual announced the 2021 EMEA shortlist of finalists from a wide range of sectors and companies on November 8, 2021.

Susan Uthayakumar, the President of Schneider’s Sustainability Business Division, and Tina Kao Mylon, Senior Vice President for Talent and Diversity, now join the WeQual Club, a group of 144 members whose recognition by the WeQual Awards has helped to break the glass ceiling since 2019. Monique Elliott, Schneider Electric’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Automation Global Marketing joined the WeQual Club in 2020.

Ranked the world’s most sustainable corporation by media and research company Corporate Knights earlier this year, Schneider Electric is publicly committed, as part of its 2025 sustainability goals to ensuring that women make up 50% of its new hires, 40% of frontline managers, and 30% of senior leadership. Schneider Electric’s advances towards gender equality include fair and equitable pay practices, flexible working policies, zero tolerance for harassment, and challenging stereotypes and hidden bias across the workforce.

A finalist in the Business Development category, Susan Uthayakumar, who is responsible for managing Schneider Electric’s Global Energy and Sustainability Services as well as the company’s sustainability consulting organization, drives positive impact both in business and in her community, advocating for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and building the leaders of tomorrow.

Tina Kao Mylon, a finalist in the People and Culture category, is responsible globally for talent acquisition, talent development, leadership development, diversity, equity and inclusion and well-being at Schneider Electric. She is a strong believer in the power of organizations and individuals to drive change.

WeQual assessed Susan and Tina’s leadership and business skills, along with the two other women in their respective categories. Interviews also take place to determine the winner of their categories. WeQual will announce the winners online on 26 January, 2022.

PODCAST: Episode Four of CEOs Uncut with Marston’s CEO Ralph Findlay

We have another first for the WeQual Unfiltered CEOs Uncut series this week with a look at how one FTSE company achieved a 50/50 gender equal executive committee.

In Episode Four, WeQual Founder, Katie Litchfield runs the rule over Marston’s and with CEO Ralph Findlay.

Ralph has overseen the FTSE 250 brewer and pub company becoming more diverse, equal and inclusive and ultimately more profitable.

This change was highlighted by a £780m deal with Carlsberg during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

You can listen now on our website and listen back to early episodes, which include exclusive interviews with the CEOs of Rolls Royce and Kellogg’s, as well as Dame Inga Beale, the first women CEO of Lloyd’s of London.

Visit wequal.com/podcast or listen wherever you download podcasts.


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