Fleishman-Hillard Inc. is named one of the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and will be featured in NAFE Magazine’s Spring 2010 issue. The list recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment.
One of the world’s leading strategic communications firms, Fleishman-Hillard was recognized in large part for its advancement opportunities for women and for the strong leadership role women play in the firm’s worldwide workforce. Women not only comprise about 64 percent of the total workforce but account for 46 percent of the firm’s senior management team.
“Fleishman-Hillard is a company that is committed to providing all of its employees the best career experience of their lives,” said Dave Senay, president and chief executive officer. “By providing a workplace centered on a values-based corporate culture and a rock-solid commitment to our employees’ growth and development, we have consistently attracted and retained not only the best and most talented women in our business, but also the best and most talented communications professionals, period.”
“Offering women significant opportunities for advancement is one of our firm’s top priorities,” said Agnes Gioconda, Chief Talent Officer. “Our commitment is demonstrated by the fact that 46 percent of our senior managers are women, and many of them are in key roles for our business such as client relationship managers, global practice group leaders and general managers. Additionally, women are managing six of our ten geographical regions including Central, Mid-Atlantic, East and Southwest regions in the U.S. as well as Canada and Asia. Through our succession planning efforts we identify high-potential women we can develop and prepare for senior management roles. Last year, 68 percent of those who we promoted were women.”
Martha Boudreau is currently President and Senior Partner of Fleishman-Hillard’s U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Latin America regions and will be attending NAFE’s invitation-only Executive Women’s Leadership Symposium on March 25, 2010. “Over the past 25 years Fleishman-Hillard has consistently offered me the opportunity to grow and learn – as a practitioner and as a manager. Communications has changed at the speed of light and Fleishman has enabled me to satisfy my intellectual curiosity, my creativity and my love of our profession to grow into a senior leader. Long-term commitment to a company requires continual reassessment and reinvention and FH has encouraged me every step of the way,” Boudreau said.
NAFE, founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. NAFE Magazine publishes the annual Top Companies issue and the annual Women of Excellence issue. NAFE.com provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media and Bonnier Corporation.