Business Directors

Dec 13, 2012

The Power Index: biz directors, Catherine Livingstone at #2

The status of women on boards hasn't shifted much since Catherine Livingstone successfully floated Cochlear for $127 million some 17 years ago. But now the Telstra chairman -- the title sits fine with her -- is leading the charge to bridge the boardroom gender divide.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

When Catherine Livingstone successfully floated bionic ear manufacturer Cochlear on the ASX for $127 million 17 years ago, the issue of women on boards was barely a glint in corporate Australia’s eye.

It took until 2004 before the ugly truth emerged about the dearth of women directors (an embarrassing 8%) — and by that time Livingstone had quit her CEO post and was four years into a non-executive appointment on the male-dominated Telstra board.

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2 thoughts on “The Power Index: biz directors, Catherine Livingstone at #2

  1. Roy Farrell

    Wonderful that a lady uses the correct title of ‘Chairman’
    The Chairman is ‘the hand that rules the chair’ regardless of gender.
    How stupid to think a ‘Chair’ not a ‘Person’ regardless of sex can be in charge of a meeting.
    “The Chair’is a most annoying use of political correctness

  2. Harry Rogers

    Do you seriously suggest that having a women on more boards will improve the ethics of Australian business. James Hardie comes to mind. The problem with Australian public company business is not the sex of the board but endemic greed and narcissism of the people at the top. Also can you please stop doing articles that continually suggest these people are the only ones who actually make a business successful. However I can assure the line is quite long of ex board members who have destroyed companies and none are in jail.

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