Bame business power list to be published

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Portrait of Suki Sandhu from Audeliss, creators of new Bame power list

Nominate yourself or others for the UPstanding Executive Power List which will showcase the top 100 Bame professionals in Britain and America 

New research reveals that non-white communities are grossly under-represented in UK business. The study, by executive search firm Audeliss, found that just four per cent of CEOs in FTSE 100 companies are not white, despite the Bame (black, Asian and minority ethnic) community making up 14 per cent of the UK population.

The research also reveals that only one in 16 top management positions are occupied by a person of ethnic minority, with ethnic diversity in the boardroom lagging almost two decades behind gender diversity levels. Further employment statistics show that one in eight of the working population is from a Bame background, while there is just one Bame FTSE 100 CEO for every 2.3m Bame people in the UK (there is one white CEO for every 600,000 white people).

Now, executive talent company Audeliss has partnered with the Financial Times to create the UPstanding Executive Power List, which will showcase the top 100 Bame professionals in the US and the UK. The judging panel includes business executives such as Paul Polman (group CEO, Unilever), Ashok Vaswani (CEO, Barclays UK), Vivian Hunt (managing partner, McKinsey & Co), Linda Yueh (global economist) and Nina Vaca (chair and CEO, Pinnacle Group). Companies such as PwC, LinkedIn, Unilever, Barclays, Slaughter and May and the Bank of England are sponsoring the power list.

“Huge strides have been made to improve gender diversity in recent years but this now needs to be reflected to increase BAME representation at the top of global businesses,” said Audeliss CEO and co-founder Suki Sandhu (pictured above). “The fact that you can count the number of CEOs from the Bame community on one hand brings home the scale of the issue.” 

If you or someone you know are living proof that race need not be a barrier to success, nominate yourself or them by clicking here before 18 April.

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Nick Scott

Nick Scott

A former editor-in-chief of The Rake and deputy editor of the Australian edition of GQ, Nick has had features published in titles including Esquire, The Guardian, Observer Sport Monthly and Rolling Stone Australia and is a contributing editor to Director magazine. He has interviewed celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig and Elle Macpherson, as well as business people including Sir Richard Branson, Charles Middleton and Nick Giles and Michael Hayman MBE.

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