Women’s Forum Global Meeting
CEO Champions
Paris, November 19, 2021

In the framework of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting and under the theme “The 21st century needs everyone on board”, the Women’s Forum has gathered global leaders in the private sector in order for them to highlight best practices in gender equality and engage for action. They have shared valuable contributions and underscored their company’s strategies for women’s advancement and leadership in the broader global economy and society.

The discussion have started with the remarkable opening of Maurice Lévy, President of Supervisory Board, Publicis Group, followed by inspiring insights from Alyse Nelson, President & CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership on the unique added value of women leadership in the workplace.

McKinsey & Co, our historical knowledge partner, has delivered a cutting-edge study on the impact of digital transitions on women and how to make the future growth more inclusive, illustrating in particular key figures about gender equality in the post-pandemic future of Europe.

Drawing inspiration from the great success of the first launch of the commitment “Towards the Zero Gender Gap”, presented at the Women’s Forum G20 Italy (Milan – October, 17th-19th), CEOs have committed in favor of gender equality and joined the coalition of signatories of this Pact. It is built around 5 key strategic actions (each of them accompanied by some suggested ideas for implementation):

  • Continue to mitigate the impacts of unconscious bias from our hiring and promotion processes
  • Establish aspirational female recruiting and promotion targets
  • Support female talent retention and advancement
  • Ensure that equal pay for equal work is in place and effective
  • Regularly measure, monitor, and evaluate progress in all of the above actions

Here is the list of signatories:

  1. Maurice Lévy, Chairman of Supervisory Board, Publicis Groupe
  2. Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner, Member of the Board, Secretary-General, Publicis Groupe, President of the Women’s Forum
  3. Agathe Bousquet, CEO, Publicis Groupe France
  4. Diane von Furstenberg, President, DVF
  5. Maud Bailly, CEO Europe du Sud, AccorHotels
  6. Fabienne Haas, Partner, August Debouzy
  7. Karima Silvent, Global Head of HR, AXA
  8. Sofia Merlo, Head of Group Human Resources, BNP Paribas
  9. Boutaina Araki, CEO, Clear Channel France
  10. Caroline Firstbrook, COO, Clifford Chance
  11. Hélène Bernicot, General Director, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa
  12. Olivier Micheli, President & CEO, Data4 Group
  13. Christel Bories, CEO, ERAMET
  14. Méka Brunel, CEO, Gecina
  15. Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO, GEODIS
  16. Yann Leriche, CEO, Getlink
  17. Marie Guillemot, Chairman of the Management Board, KPMG France
  18. Florence Lustman, CEO, Fédération Française de l’Assurance  
  19. Delphine Aguilera Caron, President, Janssen France, Johnson & Johnson
  20. Jean-Louis Girodolle, CEO France, Lazard
  21. Angeles Garcia-Poveda, Chairwoman of the board, Legrand
  22. Eric Lallier, Président & directeur général de Lenovo France, Lenovo
  23. Clarisse Magnin-Mallez, Managing Partner France, McKinsey
  24. Corine de Bilbao, CEO France, Microsoft
  25. Denis Terrien, Executive Vice-President and CEO of Southern Europe, Salesforce
  26. Emilie Sidiqian, Managing Director, Salesforce France
  27. Diony Lebot, Deputy CEO, Société Générale
  28. Florence Tondu-Mélique, CEO, Zurich France