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|Thursday, May 02, 2013|
BY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR
When Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced his pending retirement last fall, there was speculation whether his successor would be a woman. Two of the most commonly mentioned candidates were Renée James, vice president of Intel's software business, and Diane Bryant, head of its datacenter and server business.
‘Twas not to be. Today, Intel announced COO Brian Krzanich would take the reins as the company’s new chief executive
I know what many readers are thinking — not the gender card again. Male or female, a CEO's gender shouldn't be relevant; the only metric should be a given candidate’s job performance: his/her qualifications and accomplishments.
In an ideal world, that would be the case; but in today's world, there is still a dearth of female executives across industry sectors.
Only 21 Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Women make up 15% of Fortune 500 executive officers and 15% of law firm equity partners. And despite the Meg Whitmans, Ursula Burns and Marissa Mayers of the world, female tech CEOs are especially sparse — as far as I know, not a single female CEO has made inroads in that bastion of male enterprise: the semiconductor business.
In my November 2011 cover story, No Seat at the Table, I found that almost half of Oregon's 46 publicly-traded companies have no women on their boards, the same boards typically charged with finding a new CEO.
Sure, the CEO gender gap is a tired issue. But in 2013, it's an issue that has yet to be resolved.
Intel has had six CEOs in its 45-year history, and all of them have been men, although I should note that Renee James did move up in the executive ranks. In one of his first acts as CEO-elect, Krzanich named James as president.
UPDATE, MAY 6: I received an email today announcing the 20 finalists for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for Seattle and Portland. Not a single one is female.
Linda Baker keeps tabs on CEO and public policy issues.
Friday, March 21, 2014
TOM COX | OB BLOGGER
During a recent talk to HR Directors, I asked if they saw leaders trying to solve every problem, instead of delegating to and empowering staff. Every head nodded. Every single one.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
BY HANNAH WALLACE | OB BLOGGER
The founder of Pacific Foods talks about why his company has flown under the radar in Oregon, how saving a family-run chicken hatchery has helped his bottom line and why he thinks organic food is anything but elitist.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
BY APRIL STREETER | OB CONTRIBUTOR
Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
BY ERIC FRUITS
Because they have little chance of working for someone else, today’s teens need to be entrepreneurs. But, first, we must teach our teens that entrepreneurship starts small.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY BRANDON SAWYER
The 100 Best Companies get more creative with perks and more generous with benefits; employees seek empowering relations with management and coworkers.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR
SEMpdx hosted a workshop this week for entrepreneurs, website developers and others interested in search engine optimization (SEO). Here are a few tips and tricks aimed at bumping up your search engine rankings.
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