Barely a week goes by without a rallying cry for more women in business leadership roles. Clearly great strides have been made but there is still much to do.
Last week was a poor one for senior women in the publishing industry when two of its most powerful women, Dame Gail Rebuck (who has run the UK arm of Random House since 1991) and Victoria Barnsley (CEO, Harper Collins) stepped down from their roles. That leaves just one remaining, Ursula Mackenzie at Little Brown. Admittedly Rebuck will chair Penguin Random House UK, but it’s Tom Weldon, the UK chief executive of Penguin, who will take over as chief executive of the enlarged UK operation following last week’s merger of Bertelsmann-owned Random House and Pearson-owned Penguin to create the world’s biggest publisher with control of more than 25% of the global market.