Gender and the transformation debate

According to the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report, “Finding the Facts: South Africa’s Future Leaders”, the gender and transformation debate rages on – of the 334 executives in the JSE’s Top 40 companies, only 17% of executives are female, compared to 21% who are Black South Africans. And female CEOs decreased from 5% in 2012, to only 2.5% in 2015, when the research for the third Jack Hammer Executive Report was conducted.

“Once again, hiring practices in top jobs show a bias towards doing things as they have always been done, with tremendous conservativism,” says Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of the executive search firm, speaking about the race and gender imbalance.


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