GE HR Director also wins prestigious Opportunity Now award
GE is today named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in the UK. With women comprising 40% of the European workforce, GE is a leader in attracting and retaining highly motivated and skilled women across its businesses.
Mark Elborne, President & CEO, GE UK, said:
“We are proud to be recognised as one of the Times Top 50 Employers for Women. At GE, diversity isn’t an abstract concept; rather it’s a true reflection of our business. We pride ourselves in attracting, developing and retaining the very best, diverse talent and understand that it’s the combination of different backgrounds, experiences, skills and opinions that will keep our business competing – and competing successfully.”
Recognition from The Times’ annual list highlights the importance GE places on diversity and the central role it plays in the way the Company runs its staff and businesses – reflected on a global basis: In the US women comprise 25% of the GE board and in Europe, GE’s financial business, GE Capital has 45% women in its senior leadership team and a board comprising 33% women – as well as a female chair.
Among many examples cited by The Times, the GE Women’s Network was highlighted as a leading example of the way GE engages with women across the business in the UK. The GE Women’s Network has 5,000 members from the company’s 60 British sites and the group is highly influential in fostering professional women’s development through a wide range of events and networking opportunities.
In addition to being named as a top employer of women, GE has also been recognised in the individual awards, with Roshni Haywood, HR Director at GE Capital, winning The Directing Diverse Talent Award at the Opportunity Now awards.
On receiving the award at the ceremony in Central London last night, Roshni said:
“It is an honour to have been nominated for this award, and to win is just amazing. To see the benefits of all the hard work to deliver a fast-track talent pipeline for female leaders across our business has been immensely rewarding, both personally and professionally.”
Mark Elborne commented:
“Roshni has been instrumental in driving a culture within our company that encourages women at all levels to feel valued and capable of achieving their potential. Her leadership has ensured that we are increasingly seen as an employer of choice for those who want to be valued for their difference.”
Helen Wells, director of Opportunity Now, congratulated Roshni on her win:
“Being a winner of the Opportunity Now Excellence in Practice Awards is testament to the exceptional progress GE Capital has made in promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion – recognising this as a commercial priority issue not a women’s issue. The judging process was tough, thorough and impartial and all winners really stood out for demonstrating integration, innovation and impact. GE Capital definitely is leading by example and needs congratulating for the excellent work it is doing to utilise the skills and talents of a diverse workforce.”