Stanton Chase Completes Diversity Search For Global Client

by Mary Matthews Oct 16, 2015
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Two women to serve on board of Wolters Kluwer NV

Spearheading an executive search engagement that showcases the importance of diversity at the board level, Mary Matthews, Managing Director, Stanton Chase-New York, recently completed searches for two women to serve on the board of Wolters Kluwer NV, a major global professional information services and technology company.

Wolters Kluwer recently announced that Jeanette Horan and Fidelma Russo will be recommended for appointment to its Supervisory Board in April, 2016. With these placements, the composition of the board will endorse the “inclusive and diverse company culture at Wolters Kluwer with a board that includes six nationalities and 37.5% female participation.”

Horan retired from IBM in August 2015 after a distinguished career that saw her hold many key leadership roles, including that of Chief Information Officer. She has more than 30 years of experience in various development and management roles in the computer industry. Horan serves as non-Executive Director on the Board of Microvision Inc., an innovative display and imaging solutions company.

Russo is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the VMAX business unit at EMC Corporation, Core Technologies Division. She has been at the forefront of managing and leading technology initiatives in cloud, network storage and adaptive software solutions globally. She is also a Board member on NCWIT, National Center for Women & Information Technology.

“Diversity has always been a guiding principle in my search consultancy,” said Matthews. “These searches for Wolters Kluwer illustrate the importance of diversity at the board level and the commitment of Wolters Kluwer’s Supervisory Board to diverse leadership. Search firms play a critical role in the formation of boards and our clients must be diverse at all levels if they are to be their most innovative, address their customers’ needs, and exceed market demands. Our role is to ALWAYS include and convey to our clients the important perspective women and a diverse employee population brings to their strategic thinking and corporate objectives.”

Matthews is a key member of the Global Diversity and Board of Director Practices at Stanton Chase. She began these Board searches while president of New York City-based Covenant Executive Search Partners and completed them after joining Stanton Chase. “Stanton Chase is committed to Diversity as a vital leadership initiative in order to ensure our clients are prepared for the future,” she said. “Our commitment to diversity is further recognized by our recent acceptance for admission into the 30% Club (www.30percentclub.org), an international affiliation of businesses who are taking voluntary steps towards ensuring that 30% of their board members are women after 2016

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