CRN research suggests the male-to-female imbalance among the senior management of top players hasn't changed over the last 18 months.
Some 86 per cent of senior executives at the UK's top 50 resellers are male, and only four have female bosses, according to CRN analysis.
New legislation will force all sizeable UK firms to publish their gender pay data by tomorrow (5 April 2018), yielding a goldmine of data that CRN will analyse as part of its Women in Channel campaign.
In the meantime, we have looked at the gender split within the top 50 UK resellers' senior management.
What's striking is that the executive teams of the industry's top players remains just as male-heavy as when we conducted a similar audit in September 2017.
As a group, the 50 largest resellers' top teams are 86 per cent male, identical to 18 months ago. Of the top 50, four or five have female bosses, depending on how you cut the data.
These are GBM's Michelle Atkinson, BT Business Direct's Helen Slinger, Phoenix Software's Sam Mudd and Insight UK MD Emma de Sousa (although Insight's global CEO is a man). SHI's global CEO, Thai Lee, is also a woman. At a UK level at least, four resellers have female bosses.
Sarah Long is also the managing director of Daisy Corporate Services, but Neil Muller is Daisy's CEO.
Our data was based mainly on the senior executives listed on each reseller's website. For international resellers, we were often forced to look at the global leadership teams because the identities of the UK senior team weren't displayed. There were also a handful of domestic resellers who appeared not to divulge any information on their top team on their websites, in which case we fell back on the directors listed on Companies House.
Of the 331 senior executives encompassed in our audit, 286 - or 86.4 per cent - were men, and 45 - or 13.6 per cent - were women.
Some 20 of the 50 had no women at all in their top teams, with numerous resellers having executive boards where men outnumbered women eight, nine, 10 - or in one case 11 - to zero.
Putting aside the MDs and international female senior execs, eight of the female top execs broadly speaking work in the field of HR, six in sales, four each in marketing and operations and three in finance/legal. One apiece work in engineering/technical, partner management and customer services.
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