NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Latin American corporates still have a long way to improve the number of women in leadership positions. As of 2015, none of Latin Trade's Top 50 companies have a female CEO.
The above figure adds evidence to the data collected by AS/COA, which shows that women hold only 5.6 percent of board seats in Latin America's top companies, compared with 21.2 percent in the largest publicly listed European companies, as reported by the European Commission.
But where they lack in numbers, they certainly make up for in sheer skill. Take for instance one of the new additions to the list: Mayra Gonzalez, appointed President of the Mexican unit of Japanese carmaker giant Nissan in May this year. She is the first female President of any of Nissan's global operations, and she was also the first woman to be in Nissan Mexicana's board. In her previous post as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Distribution Network Development, González broke an industry sales record.
Mexican dairy firm Grupo Lala (12th in Dairy Foods Magazine list of Top 100 North American dairies, and the only Mexican company in the list) has Lucía Dourritzague San Román. She is the company's Global Innovation Director. Innovation is perhaps one of the hottest topics in business and government leadership, and a crucial aspect for any company seeking to grow in an environment of constant technological advancements. Grupo Lala certainly knows how to apply it for growth, having consolidated its presence in the United States this year after creating Lala U.S., headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
The women in this list have been chosen due to their key positions at the top of the largest corporations working in, or with the region. They have also been drivers of mergers, acquisitions, and an array of deals that have lead to expansion or improvement of their companies' position, all while navigating through the current economic and political headwinds in Latin America and the world.
These are only two examples of women at the top of the game in Latin America's business world. To see the full list, visit: http://latintrade.com/top-businesswomen-2016/
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