Numbers of Women Execs Stays Flat in NY

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The number of women executives in New York's top 100 companies has remained flat over the past six years, according to a report from the Columbia Business School and the Women's Executive Circle of New York.

The study found that 10.9 percent of executive positions were held by women — a slight decrease from 11.9 percent in 2006.

Ann Bartell, a professor at the Columbia Business School, called the results surprising.

“Sometimes, the fact that you see there has been no change, there has been no improvement, that could spur some action. People might say, ‘Gee, I didn't know it was still at that level. I thought things were getting better,’” Bartel said.

Bartel said the industries with the greatest numbers of women executives were the electronics and software, food and drink, and pharmaceutical industries. The ones with the lowest number of women were banking and finance, healthcare, and media and communications.

The report found that women made some gains on boards of directors. Nearly 19 percent of those positions were filled by women in 2012, compared to fewer than 16 percent in 2006.