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Fifth of FTSE 100 firms have no women on board

A government inquiry headed by former trade minister Lord Davies is calling on the country's 350 largest public companies to ensure that 25% of their directors are female by 2015. However, the latest figures show that 18 FTSE 100 firms have no women on their boards, while only 16 blue chip companies can boast an executive director who is not male…A spokesman for PartyGaming, a FTSE 250 group with an all-male board, said: "Is there a strict rule that you've got to have women on the board? If women are right for a particular role they'll be there.” [also refers to Vedanta Resources, Essar Energy, Amec, Antofagasta, Associated British Foods, Autonomy, Bunzl, Randgold Resources, African Barrick Gold, Aggreko, Hammerson, Invensys, Kazakhmys, Weir Group, Wolseley, Fresnillo, Xstrata, International Power]