October 2021 Report

Board Appointments by Gender September 2021In October, US public companies appointed 139 women and 208 men to their boards.

This means women comprised 40% of all new public board appointments. As this monthly trend continues, women now comprise 30% of board seats of companies in the S&P 500.

Our 2021 Women CEOs in America Report shows that women now comprise 8.2% of CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies.

33% of the September 2021 newly appointed directors self-identified as people of color

We continue to see diversification in the set of women appointed:

  • 52, or 37%, of the newly appointed female Board members chose to self-disclose their race
  • Asian/Pacific Islanders make up 46% of the 52 women of color with 24 women being appointed to public boards;
  • 12 Black/African American women were appointed;
  • six (6) Hispanic women joined board of public companies.

Metropolitan Bank Holding Corp., Alaska Air Group, Inc, and Coterra Energy Inc. are some of the companies that appointed this phenomenal group of diverse women to their boards

Of the 139 women appointed to the boards of public companies, 78 (56.1%) were first time board appointments. In October, Healthcare companies led the way in the appointment of women with women appointed to 26.6% of healthcare company boards followed by Industrial companies and Consumer companies. In the Consumer sector companies like Macy’s and Tilly’s are making strides to increase diversity on their boards.

Since we started publishing this monthly report in October 2020, companies are appointing more women and averaging over 40% each month to the board of public companies. In addition, there is progress being made to appoint women of color and LGBTQ+ community. Equilar and WBC are tracking and analyzing the growth and rotation of board seats and the expanding candidate pool. We will continue to track not only the women in terms of numbers, diversity and profile; but the companies and industries in which female board members are present and how many of the overall board seats are held by women.

Please, join us in celebrating, tracking, analyzing, and promoting women serving on corporate boards.

9 Meters Biopharma, Inc. Samantha Ventimiglia Healthcare
Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Dr. Meera J. Desai Ph.D. Healthcare Asian / Pacific Islander
Advantage Solutions Inc. Robin Manherz Communication Services
AeroCentury Corp. Florence Ng Industrials Asian / Pacific Islander
AeroCentury Corp. Qin Yao Industrials Asian / Pacific Islander
AeroCentury Corp. Siyuan Zhu Industrials Asian / Pacific Islander
Agile Therapeutics, Inc. Josephine Torrente Healthcare
Alaska Air Group, Inc. Adrienne Lofton Industrials Black / African American
Alerus Financial Corporation Janet O. Estep Financial Services
Alerus Financial Corporation Jill E. Schurtz Financial Services
Alerus Financial Corporation Mary E. Zimmer Financial Services
Allegiant Travel Company Sandra Douglass Morgan Industrials Black / African American
ALLETE, Inc. Charlene Thomas Utilities Black / African American
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Yvonne L. Greenstreet Healthcare Black / African American
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. La Vonda Williams Industrials Black / African American
Anika Therapeutics, Inc. Sheryl L. Conley Healthcare
Antares Pharma, Inc. Carmen Bringgold Volkart Healthcare
Aris Water Solutions, Inc. Debra G. Coy Utilities
Avantor, Inc. Mala Murthy Basic Materials Asian / Pacific Islander
AvidXchange Holdings, Inc. Teresa Mackintosh Technology
Bakkt Holdings, Inc. Kristyn A. Cook Technology
Bakkt Holdings, Inc. Michelle J. Goldberg Technology
Ball Corporation Dune Ives Consumer Cyclical
Banc of California, Inc. Shannon F. Eusey Financial Services
Banc of California, Inc. Vania E. Schlogel Financial Services
Becton, Dickinson and Company Dr. Carrie L. Byington M.D. Healthcare
Bel Fuse Inc. Jacqueline Brito Technology
Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation Lily W. Chang Consumer Cyclical Asian / Pacific Islander
bluebird bio, Inc. Dr. Elisabeth Leiderman M.D. Healthcare
BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. Dr. Hannah A. Valantine M.D. Healthcare Black / African American
BrightSpire Capital, Inc. Kim S. Diamond Real Estate
Byrna Technologies Inc. Emily Rooney Industrials
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Lisa G. Bisaccia