Hogan Lovells Global Women’s Executive Summit Explores Business Leadership Issues

LONDON, 22 May 2015 – Hogan Lovells hosted its third Global Women's Executive Summit at The Savoy Hotel in London on 14 and 15 May.

The exclusive event brought together almost 150 senior female executives from some of the world's most influential organizations to address topical business issues faced in the boardroom. Speakers and panelists included:

Managing Risk: The Legal Perspective

  • Jacqueline Barrett, Group Risk & Compliance Director, Vodafone
  • Kate Cheetham, Group General Counsel at Lloyds Banking Group PLC
  • Tanya Jaeger De Foras, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, EMEA, Luxottica Group S.p.A.
  • Victoria White, General Counsel, Europe, H.J. Heinz Company
  • Panel Chair: Frances Le Grys, partner & General Counsel, Hogan Lovells

Business and Human Rights: The Corporate Responsibility to Respect

  • Monika Bickert, Head of Global Public Policy Management, Facebook
  • Mary Johnson, Founder of Fair Play Human Rights Consulting
  • Carine Smith Ihenacho, Global Chief Compliance Officer, Statoil
  • Panel Chair: Julianne Hughes-Jennett, partner, Hogan Lovells

Globalization, Technology and Social Change

  • Ina De, Managing Director Co-Head of UK Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan Cazenove
  • Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • Nathalie Rachou, Non-Executive Director, Société Générale, Veolia Environment, Altran PLC
  • Sacha Romanovitch, CEO Elect, Grant Thornton UK
  • Panel Chair: Emily Reid, GWES Chair and partner, Hogan Lovells

Keynote speakers:

  • Dame Julia Cleverdon, Vice President, Business in the Community
  • Yasmin Waljee OBE, International Pro Bono Director, Hogan Lovells
  • Lucy Kellaway, management columnist for the Financial Times
  • Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Susan Bright, Regional Managing Partner for UK & Africa at Hogan Lovells, and one of the hosts at the event, said:
"Hogan Lovells is committed to diversity and to supporting women achieve their full potential, whether within the firm, in business, or more widely in the world. We have a wide range of initiatives to turn principles into practical action and we wanted to create an on-going event to celebrate and showcase the tremendous contribution women make to the world of business, politics, and society. That something is our Global Women's Executive Summit. GWES is a high-profile event held around the world for our most senior women clients and contacts with fascinating speakers, stimulating debate and an informal friendly atmosphere. It's an opportunity to share ideas, challenge assumptions and meet interesting people."

Emily Reid, Chair of the panel on globalization, technology, and social change, said:
"New technology and social change emerged as major themes for our Board panelists, in addition to the pressure of regulation on global businesses. It was fascinating to hear how Boards are grappling with increased competition driven by technology in an era where managing risk and recruiting and retaining the right talent is a big concern."

The next Global Women's Executive Summit will be held in New York in October 2016.

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