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If You Want To Be A CEO, Make Sure You’re Called John. If You Don’t, Make Sure You’re A Woman.
May 21, 2015, 6:10 am
Filed under: Comment, Names, Sexism

And before anyone starts questioning me on this chart, just know I would agree with you.

I hate this sort of infographic because it’s been designed purely to gain PR headlines and drive dinner party conversation rather than shine a light on hard facts.

Why do I say that?

Well because I don’t believe their methodology would have been robust enough to make a claim like this.

For example, did they really look at the names of every major corporations CEO?

In every country?

And what does a ‘major corporation’ even mean?

By staff? By revenue? By profit?

But even if I ignore that, the fact that proves their data is flawed is the simple reality that there’s no way any shareholder would allow anyone called Robert to be CEO of a big company – let alone 3.4% of all major corporations.

That said, I believe the female statistic.

It would be funny if it wasn’t so utterly disgusting and tragic.

The percentages are even worse in Hollywood as this video so beautifully highlights:

For the record, while I found the way they delivered the horrendous percentages very funny, I do feel the men vs woman message is not going to achieve anything for them. Especially in the ego-filled movie industry.

Personally, I’d suggest that with so many famous and wealthy actresses in the biz – and some in the video – they should think about setting up a female run studio and show the men what they’re missing out on.

Apart from the fact ‘success is the greatest revenge’, the fact is all they need are 2 hits in a row and the rest of the business will shift because Hollywood is a copycat industry, preferring to swallow its pride rather than miss out on making an extra $1.

But that’s just me.

Oh … and while I’m at it, I probably do believe that John is the most popular CEO name.

It’s not because they are naturally gifted individuals … but because the name is safe, solid, conservative that might influence the board of directors at big companies to think they would make a more stable CEO. Someone who won’t rock the boat … someone who will keep the shareholders quiet … someone who won’t get rid of their perks.


Anyway, this has become a very long post for something I think is bollocks, so I’ll leave it there, even though I know most of you stopped reading after the picture.

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Safe, solid and conservative like Lennon, McEnroe, Dillinger and Deacon? Hmm.

And any Robert who reports 3.9% as 3.4% is exactly the type of people who a board will make CEO.

Comment by John (Failure)

youre sounding like a shit researcher quoting 4 johns who werent boring as fucking batshit to make a point that ignores the fact theres 10 million other john fuckers who get off watching paint dry. or reading this blog. this is not to be mistaken with me supporting campbells ranty bullshit which is a pile of wank 100% of the time. and thats a scientific, statistical and court of public opinion fact.

Comment by andy@cynic

I hate when researchers do that.

Take one isolated quote and infer it represents millions.

Well here’s a quote for them: “a lot of research is designed to find convenience for their clients, not reveal constructive truth”.

Comment by Rob

4.5% of my name brothers supposedly hold down the top job. Where’s it got me? So much for family looking out for each other.

Comment by DH

Did you work in the finance department of Tesco’s Rob? They like changing the numbers around too.

Comment by Pete

Oh dear, I didn’t even notice that. At least I rounded down not up … which means there may be hope for my out-of-control ego after all.

Comment by Rob

i think there should be a fuckload more female ceos. as long as theyre hot. dont need more fucking ugly bastards leading companies like all those johns and rob fucks.

Comment by andy@cynic

Who wear lingerie business suits.

Comment by Billy Whizz

You give them the vote and now they want more. When will it stop?

Comment by DH

Parents. Call your daughter John or David and increase her career potential instantly. #toptips

Comment by DH

thats funny. for you. who wrote it for you?

Comment by andy@cynic

Worthy of Viz.

Comment by George

I’m stealing that.

Comment by Rob

Why change the habit of a lifetime.

Comment by DH

I will pass on commenting on the “research” because you have already done an excellent job on ridiculing it. That said, your Hollywood studio idea is interesting, but I am sure a bigger issue facing anyone who wanted to do it, would be the politics of the industry, which appears structured to keep things the same rather than move things forward.

Comment by George

The Megan Ellison route is the way to go.

Comment by John (Failure)

Stupid data. Funny video. Same underlying issue that female representation in senior positions is alarmingly low. Not sure either of these approaches will change that.

Comment by Pete

I despise findings like the one above. You correctly state that the motivation seems to have been to deliver headlines for the organization behind it. That some media will fall for it demonstrates the ability to manipulate through questionable statistics and media outlets need to fill their pages with increasingly provocative headlines each day.

The inequality of women is a serious subject. This, and the video, despite being humourous, trivialises it.

Comment by Lee Hill

well you fucking killed that discussion didnt you lee.

Comment by andy@cynic

Reblogged this on annamariepanique.

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