German Diversity Push Fails to Spur Management Change

Germany’s six-month-old quota for women on supervisory boards has failed to elicit any knock-on effect at the management board level. While companies in the country’s benchmark DAX Index have boosted female supervisory board roles by more than 3 percent, the percentage of women on management boards shrank to 9.4 percent in June from 9.6 percent in January, according to a study by DIW Berlin economic research institute. That would decline to 8.9 percent if Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s departing chief financial officer Simone Menne were to be replaced by a man.

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