The female co-CEO of executive search firm Chadick Ellig, has responded to an analysis of female CEO pay, claiming that “unconscious bias” is holding women back – Daily Mail reports.
Janice Ellig, named by Business Week as one of ‘The World’s Most Influential Headhunters’, made the comments after The Associated Press and Equilar released their female pay data.
Ellig argued that companies need to “start recognising that gender inequality exists.”
The Chairperson of the Women’s Forum of New York, added: “If you don’t recognise the problem, you can’t solve the problem.”
According to the data, median pay for a female CEO was £10million last year whilst median male CEO pay was £8.8million - both an increase of nine per cent from 2015.
However, only six per cent of top paid CEOs in the US last year were women.
The highest paid woman was Virginia Rometty of International Business Machines.