Women make ‘dismal’ progress on boards

Just 14 per cent of FP500 board directors are women: Report
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2010

Throughout her 22-year career at American Express, Beth Horowitz took on positions of increasing responsibility and eventually became president and CEO of Amex Bank of Canada. As part of that top role, she was chair of the bank’s board of directors from 2002 to 2007.

“I tried to focus on opportunities that would allow me to work with dynamic, talented new teams, learn new skills, drive results, gain visibility. I was naturally drawn to some intellectually challenging and higher-risk roles — the type of roles that had no road map for success — and I think that helped my career, helped me gain visibility,” she said.

The advice and support of three different mentors also helped her climb the corporate ranks and make it into the boardroom, said Horowitz.