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CAPA TV | September 30, 2020

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Why Don’t Women Run Airlines?

  • On August 8, 2018

The Americas airline business is notably short on women CEOs – and the US is one of the standouts in its lack of female executives, outside traditional roles in human resources and marketing. Since CAPA conducted extensive report in its Airline Leader journal four years ago, the tiny group of women airline CEOs worldwide has actually reduced in number.

Perhaps it is simply that women are smarter than men in selecting the industries that offer greater stability. But the lack of diversity in the top executive ranks is a serious challenge if airlines aim to compare themselves with top S&P industrials over the long term.

  • What factors prevent women from rising higher in airline ranks?
  • Does the boysy atmosphere of the industry repel women from entering the airline business?
  • It is said that companies with several women on their boards generate more high-level women executives. Should progressive airlines seek out more women board members?

Moderator: Korn Ferry, Senior Client Partner, Frank Morogiello


  • FedEx Express, Managing Director, Regulatory Affairs, Nancy Sparks
  • InterVISTAS, President & CEO, Deborah Meehan
  • Runway Girl Network, Editor & Publisher, Mary Kirby

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