A recent study of Michigan’s biggest public companies and the composition of their boardrooms revealed that General Motors has more women in executive and board level positions than Ford. Of the 850 board seats of the companies surveyed, only 98 are held by women, with 12 of those being held by women of color.
For its part, General Motors has four women on its 14-member board of directors, with one being in the top five compensated (we assume this to be Mary Barra). By comparison, The Blue Oval’s 15-member board of directors only contains two women.
The GM Authority Take
As mentioned on our sister site Ford Authority (Ford news aplenty there), the debate about appointing the right candidate for the job (regardless of sex, ethnicity, or other demographic factors) versus hiring and appointing based on a quota of some kind (such as the infamous EEOP) is all too familiar. That said, the difference in the amount of female board members at GM compared to Ford is peculiar, making us wonder whether there are certain factors lurking under the surface that have resulted in the situation.