Cross “board-er” women
Ask headhunters what they look for when recruiting directors for corporate boards and they’ll tick off a wish list of traits: Companies want directors who are financially astute, have proven leadership skills and bring global perspective. And, increasingly, they want women. (Norway has mandated that women make up 40% of corporate boards; key figures in the U.K. are pushing FTSE 100 companies to aim for 25% board participation by women by 2015.) Here are a few women who already are helping corporate boards meet their financial, management, and cross-border goals.
McKinstry is the CEO and chairman of the executive board of Wolters Kluwer, an information services and publishing company that is transitioning its products to digital platforms. She brings her digital insights to the boards of U.S.-based Abbott Laboratories (ABT) and Finnish media company Sanoma Ojy.
Ana Patricia Botín
Botin, who heads Banco Santander’s U.K. operations, sits on the Spanish bank’s corporate board of directors. (Full disclosure: The bank recently agreed to appoint Fortune columnist Sheila Bair to its board, to be ratified at the next shareholders meeting.) Botín also is on the board of the Coca-Cola Co (KO).