September 2021 Report Summary

Board Appointments by Gender September 2021In September, US public companies appointed 130 women to board and 151 men to their boards.

This means women comprised 46% of all new public board appointments! This progress, the highest in the past 12 months, is consistent with an increase in women CEOs in the Fortune 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

While only 43 of the newly appointed female Board members (33% of new women appointments) chose to self-disclose their race, we continue to see increased diversification within this set. In September, 22 or 51.2% of the 43 women, self-identified as Black / African American, closely followed by 15 Asian/Pacific Islanders, 5 Hispanic and 1 woman identifying as Other. Amazon.com, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., and HubSpot, Inc. are some of the companies that appointed this phenomenal group of diverse women to their boards.

Of the 130 women appointed the boards of public companies, 73 (56.1%) were first time board appointments. In September, Healthcare companies led the way in the appointment of women followed by Technology companies and Financial Services; with women appointed filling 24.6% of board seats at healthcare companies. In the Technology sector we see strides being made by women at companies like Intel Corporation and SMART Global Holdings, Inc.

Since we started publishing this monthly report in October 2020, companies are appointing more women and averaging over 41% each month to the board of public companies. This month is the highest in the past year. In addition, there is progress being made to appoint women of color and LGBTQ sub-segments. 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.

CompanyTitleIndustryEthnicity
1Life Healthcare, Inc.Mary Ann Tocio Healthcare
a.k.a. Brands Holding Corp.Kelly Ann Thompson Consumer Cyclical
Aadi Bioscience, Inc.Emma Reeve Healthcare
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.Sherice R. Torres Black / African AmericanConsumer Cyclical
AdvanSix Inc.Gena C. Lovett Black / African AmericanBasic Materials
Akoya Biosciences, Inc.Dr. Myla P. Lai-Goldman M.D. Healthcare
Alector, Inc.Dr. Elizabeth A. Garofalo M.D.Healthcare
Alleghany CorporationChris H. Cheesman Financial Services
Amazon.com, Inc.Edith W. Cooper Black / African AmericanConsumer Cyclical
Arrow Electronics, Inc.Carol P. Lowe Technology
Artemis Strategic Investment Corp.Anna Massion Financial Services
Avalara, Inc.Marcela Martin Hispanic / LatinoTechnology
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Dr. Amy McKee M.D. Healthcare
BlackRock, Inc.Beth E. Ford Financial Services
BlackRock, Inc.Kristin C. Peck Financial Services
BlackSky Technology Inc.Susan GordonTechnology
bluebird bio, Inc.Dr. Marcela V. Maus M.D., Ph.D.Healthcare
bluebird bio, Inc.Najoh Tita-Reid Black / African AmericanHealthcare
bluebird bio, Inc.Sarah J S. Glickman Healthcare
Butterfly Network, Inc.Dr. Erica Schwartz M.D.Black / African AmericanHealthcare
Caribou Biosciences, Inc.Ran Zheng Asian / Pacific IslanderHealthcare
Catalyst Biosciences, Inc.Jeanne Y. Jew Asian / Pacific IslanderHealthcare
Centene CorporationSarah London Healthcare
CenterPoint Energy, Inc.Raquelle W. Lewis Black / African AmericanUtilities
Central Garden & Pet CompanyLisa Coleman Consumer Defensive
Chegg, Inc.Marcela Martin Hispanic / LatinoConsumer Defensive
Cigna CorporationNeesha Hathi Healthcare
Cimpress plcDessislava TemperleyCommunication Services
Cincinnati Bell Inc.Christina Marie WireCommunication Services
Clean Harbors, Inc.Marcy Reed Industrials
CohBar, Inc.Dr. Joanne Yun Ph.D.Asian / Pacific IslanderHealthcare
Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc.Rose Lee Asian / Pacific IslanderIndustrials
Cue Health Inc.Carole T. Faig Healthcare
Cue Health Inc.Joanne K. Bradford Healthcare
Cue Health Inc.Maria Martinez Hispanic / LatinoHealthcare
Culp, Inc.Kimberly B. Gatling Black / African AmericanConsumer Cyclical
Daktronics, Inc.Shereta Williams Black / African AmericanTechnology
DallasNews CorporationDunia A. ShiveOtherCommunication Services
DAVIDsTEA Inc.Jane Silverstone SegalConsumer Defensive
Dine Brands Global, Inc.Martha C. Poulter Hispanic / LatinoConsumer Cyclical
Editas Medicine, Inc.Emma Reeve Healthcare
Enact Holdings, Inc.Anne G. Waleski Financial Services
Enact Holdings, Inc.Debra W. StillFinancial Services
Enact Holdings, Inc.Sheila Hooda Asian / Pacific IslanderFinancial Services
Energy Recovery, Inc.Lisa Anne Pollina Industrials
EngageSmart, LLCAshley Chaffin Glover Technology
EngageSmart, LLCDeborah A. Dunnam Technology
Ennis, Inc.Margaret A. WaltersIndustrials
EnPro Industries, Inc.Judith Reinsdorf Industrials
Flywire CorporationYvonne Hao Technology
Freshworks Inc.Jennifer H. TaylorTechnology
Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.JoAnne A. Epps Black / African AmericanReal Estate
Garrett Motion Inc.Tina Pierce Consumer Cyclical
Genasys Inc.Caltha Seymour Black / African AmericanTechnology
Genasys Inc.Susan Lee Black / African AmericanTechnology
Genocea Biosciences, Inc.Jennifer L. Herron Healthcare
Gran Tierra Energy Inc.Alison RedfordEnergy
Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.Mary E.G. BearIndustrials
Heron Therapeutics, Inc.Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike M.D. Asian / Pacific IslanderHealthcare
Heron Therapeutics, Inc.Susan Rodriguez Healthcare
HubSpot, Inc.Yamini Rangan Asian / Pacific IslanderTechnology
ImmunoGen, Inc.Dr. Helen M. Thackray M.D. Healthcare
Independent Bank Corp.Susan Perry O'Day Financial Services
Intel CorporationDr. Andrea J. Goldsmith Ph.D. Technology
JAKKS Pacific, Inc.Lori MacPherson Consumer Cyclical
Janux Therapeutics, Inc.Alana B. McNulty Healthcare
Kimberly-Clark CorporationDeirdre Mahlan Consumer Defensive
Korn FerryLaura M. Bishop Industrials
Lightbridge CorporationDr. Sweta Chakraborty Asian / Pacific IslanderIndustrials
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.Latriece Watkins Black / African AmericanCommunication Services
MELI Kaszek Pioneer CorpCatherine AmbroseFinancial Services
Nasdaq, Inc.Toni Townes-Whitley Black / African AmericanFinancial Services
Nature's Sunshine Products, Inc.Shirley WuAsian / Pacific IslanderConsumer Defensive
Newtek Business Services Corp.Halli Razon-Feingold Financial Services
Nucor CorporationNorma B. ClaytonBlack / African AmericanBasic Materials
Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.Merilee Raines Healthcare
Onto Innovation Inc.Karen Rogge Technology
Oportun Financial CorporationGinny Lee Asian / Pacific IslanderFinancial Services
Oportun Financial CorporationSandra Smith Financial Services
Paycom Software, Inc.Sharen Jester Turney Technology
Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Inc.Kimberly Boyd-LeaksBlack / African AmericanFinancial Services
PepsiCo, Inc.Edith W. Cooper Black / African AmericanConsumer Defensive
Performance Food Group CompanyLaura Jean Flanagan Consumer Defensive
Pioneer Natural Resources CompanyMaria S. Jelescu Dreyfus Energy
Piper Sandler CompaniesRobbin Mitchell Black / African AmericanFinancial Services
PROG Holdings, Inc.Caroline Sheu Asian / Pacific IslanderIndustrials
Pure Storage, Inc.Mallun Yen Asian / Pacific IslanderTechnology
Quantum CorporationEmily C. White Asian / Pacific IslanderTechnology
REGENXBIO Inc.Jean Bennett M.D., Ph.D.Healthcare
Regis CorporationLockie Andrews Black / African AmericanConsumer Cyclical
Riley Exploration Permian, Inc.Beth A. di Santo Energy
Saga Communications, Inc.Marcia K. LobaitoCommunication Services
Scholastic CorporationVerdell Walker Black / African AmericanCommunication Services
Seelos Therapeutics, Inc.Dr. Margaret Dalesandro Healthcare
Shoe Carnival, Inc.Diane Randolph, Consumer Cyclical
SMART Global Holdings, Inc.Penelope A. Herscher Technology
Sovos Brands, Inc.Neha U. Mathur Consumer Defensive
Sovos Brands, Inc.Valarie L. Sheppard Consumer Defensive
Sovos Brands, Inc.Vijayanthimala Singh Consumer Defensive
Sterling Construction Company, Inc.Julie A. DillIndustrials
Sumo Logic, Inc.Margaret Francis Technology
Syros Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Dr. Deborah Dunsire M.D. Healthcare
Target CorporationGail Koziara Boudreaux Consumer Defensive
Target Hospitality Corp.Pamela Hughes Patenaude Healthcare
TD SYNNEXMerline Saintil Black / African AmericanTechnology
TD SYNNEXNayaki Nayyar Asian / Pacific IslanderTechnology
Terns Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Dr. Ann E. Taylor M.D.Healthcare
The Container Store Group, Inc.Nicole Otto Consumer Cyclical
The OLB Group, Inc.Alina Dulimof Technology
The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc.Haydee Olinger Consumer Cyclical
The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc.Susan Lintonsmith Consumer Cyclical
Thor Industries, Inc.Christina HenningtonConsumer Cyclical
Thor Industries, Inc.Laurel M. Hurd Consumer Cyclical
Thorne HealthTech, Inc.Saloni S. Varma Asian / Pacific IslanderConsumer Defensive
Thorne HealthTech, Inc.Sarah M. Kauss Consumer Defensive
Torrid Holdings Inc.Valeria Rico NikolovConsumer Cyclical
Travere Therapeutics, Inc.Ruth Williams-Brinkley Black / African AmericanHealthcare
Tucows Inc.Marlene CarlTechnology
UMH Properties, Inc.Angela D. Pruitt Black / African AmericanReal Estate
United Community Banks, Inc.Jennifer M. Bazante Financial Services
United Security BancsharesDora Westerlund Hispanic / LatinoFinancial Services
United Security BancsharesHeather HammackFinancial Services
Vaxcyte, Inc.Annie DrapeauHealthcare
Vaxcyte, Inc.Teri Loxam Healthcare
WESCO International, Inc.Anne M. Cooney Industrials
World Fuel Services CorporationJill B. Smart Energy
Zscaler, Inc.Eileen Naughton Technology

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