If you are someone who wants to be a CEO, you should probably think about changing your names to “Jeffrey” or “Michael.” Or possibly even “Michael Jeffreys” or “Jeffrey Michaels.”
According to Fortune, more men whose named are Jeffrey and Michael became CEOs of America’s top companies.
Only one woman became a CEO, while two men named Jeffrey took the title, and the two men named Michael moved into the C-suite as well.
The “New CEO Report” for 2018, which looks at new CEOs for the 250 largest S&P 500 companies, found that 23 people were appointed as CEO.
Only one of those 23 people was a woman. Michelle Gass, the new CEO of Kohl’s, was the only female on the list.
The amount of new female CEOs has slipped two years ago. In 2017, two women became CEOs of a major corporation – Gail Boudreaux at Anthem and Geisha Williams at PG&E.
Fortune notes this needs to change. “The tradition-bound succession process needs an upheaval, an all-out campaign to bring female talent to the top,” the magazine wrote.
Women with potential should receive more nurturing and guidance in their careers. And maybe it won’t be so lonely for women at the top.
Maybe the women should change their names to “Jeffrey” or “Michael” so that they can become a CEO more often. Kidding aside, the criteria for being a CEO should have a balance between a man and a woman.