The 30% Club – the campaign group for women on boards – has launched a technology group which will work to increase female representation at the top of technology companies.
The group will be led by Melissa Di Donato, Area Vice President, Salesforce and includes representatives from a number of major technology organisations including: Brunswick Group, Cisco, Citrix, Misys, TechUK and vmWare.
The 30% Club says the technology group will showcase the contribution that women make in senior executive positions and encourage technology firms to engage with the issue of women in leadership and to consider it when voting on the appointment and re-election of board members.
Helena Morrissey, Founder of the 30% Club and CEO of Newton Investment Management, said: “Our original goal was to reach 30% women on FTSE-100 boards by the end of 2015. To make this sustainable, we’ve significantly expanded the scope of our work and Melissa Di Donato will be an excellent ambassador for our work in the technology industry. She has such a strong record as an advocate for female participation in her role at Salesforce that she will make a real impact as the chair of this important industry group.”
Melissa Di Donato said: “The tech industry is committed to closing the gender gap and increasing the number of women in leadership roles. I firmly believe that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’ and therefore I am very keen for the 30% Club tech group to get involved in mentoring and nurturing young women to become the technology business leaders of tomorrow.”