AstraZeneca Among NAFE Top Ten Companies for Executive Women


Alisha Martin

14 February 2014

For the sixth year, AstraZeneca has been selected as one of the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), a division of Working Mother Media.  The program recognizes corporations that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture that identifies, promotes and nurtures successful women. AstraZeneca was named among the top 10 companies on the list this year, as highlighted by Forbes.

Among other factors, AstraZeneca stood out for an increasing number of women in top roles at the company.   Women currently represent 43% of senior managers worldwide.  Moreover, diversity objectives and cross-functional mentoring programs have contributed to a culture that embraces and develops the talent of AstraZeneca’s female workforce.

Carol Evans, CEO of NAFE and president of Working Mother Media, says, “The NAFE Top Companies offer environments where women have significant clout and make the decisions that affect their company’s future and its bottom line.  Their female top executives lead businesses, set policy and have profit-and-loss responsibility.”

AstraZeneca also offers a number of programs to help create a supportive work environment, from flexible work arrangements and work/life resources to employee network groups – such as the AZ Network of Women and the Working Parents Network – that provide members an opportunity to share ideas and raise awareness of diversity challenges.

AstraZeneca was also named to the Working Mother magazine listing of 100 Best Companies in September 2013, and was selected as one of the 2013 World’s Most InDemand Employers by LinkedIn, the largest professional network on the Internet.