IT'S TIME for a woman to be the chair of
Women have not had enough role models at the top of the industry, and the few that have been prominent (there is just one at the top table) have not been diverse enough. That means those in my generation have seen only one type of successful female, which not everyone wants to emulate. Women should have more heroes to point to so they can pick and choose qualities they like most - just as men do.
Also, while Walker was a politically palatable choice in the aftermath of Libor, he has failed to rescue the bank's reputation, or to properly manage chief executive
And let's not forget
In the midst of this political mudslide,
So what is it about Fairhead that would make this mess look that bit tidier? Apart from her obvious credentials, simply being a woman will give her a different take in an environment where groupthink has allowed a litany of bad behaviour to flourish. The role shouldn't be passed on to another member of the old boys club. Let's have a bit of the Carolyn McCall touch - after all, her decision to change focus from cost-cutting to customer service at
The real hurdle is likely to be whether Fairhead would even take the role, which could prove to be a poisoned chalice. For the sake of women, who make up 50 per cent of bank graduates but fail to stay on in those numbers after 30, I certainly hope she does.
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