More women served as general counsel at Fortune 500 companies in 2011 than ever before, according to a new survey by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). Women now hold the top legal spot at 21 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
MCCA’s annual Survey of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 Women and Minority General Counsel shows 108 women serving as general counsel in 2011, up seven from the previous year. Other survey highlights include:
“The representation of women general counsel at Fortune 500 companies has grown steadily since MCCA began tracking this information in 1999,” said Joseph K. West, MCCA president and CEO. “We see this trend continuing as more companies recognize the outstanding legal and leadership skills of these professional women.”
The full Survey of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 Women and Minority General Counsel and accompanying analysis will appear in the September/October 2012 issue of Diversity & the Bar, MCCA’s bi-monthly publication, and will be available on the MCCA website, www.mcca.com.