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Survey finds that the alternatives industry needs more women

Monday, March 26, 2012

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Executive search consultants, Odgers Berndtson, has researched the role of women in hedge funds, working with over 100 senior alternative investment management women from 100 Women in Hedge Funds (the 10,000-strong global association for women in alternative investment) to study their potential for corporate board.

The research was conducted in two stages: firstly a survey in which 104 women responded to 25 questions: secondly, interviews with one fifth of respondents (interviewees) to explore in-depth their experience, background and working style. The respondents expressed their views on the potential of women from the world of alternatives for corporate boards. The research was conducted over a three month period.

According to Odgers Berndtson research, some 48% of the world’s top 23 alternatives managers have zero women at executive management level and only a fifth of top hedge funds have 40% female representation in their executive committee. Some 9% have between 29 and 33% women in the uppermost echelon of management. The researchers says: "This is at odds with the performance of women in the industry. Research has proven that alternatives funds managed by women outperformed by 72% those managed by men over a 10 year period. Similar research proved that hedge funds managed b......................

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