Linklaters Regional Managing Partner named FT and HERoes top 10 women in business global champion

  • Claudia Parzani named one of top ten Financial Times and HERoes global champions of women in business
  • Awards celebrate the men and women making fantastic strides to create greater gender diversity in the workplace.

Claudia Parzani, Managing Partner Western Europe, has been named by the Financial Times and HERoes campaign as one of the top ten global champions of women in business. The FT and HERoes Champions of Women in Business lists are a powerful celebration of the fantastic strides being made by women across the UK, Ireland and around the world to increase gender diversity in business. The announcement today names the women and men who have created innovative programmes to increase gender diversity.

Claudia, who has been with Linklaters for 10 years, contributed to the development of the ‘In the Boardroom’ programme, which has trained 300 women for board positions. She also set up Breakfast@Linklaters which is now a 1,000+ member talent-promoting forum for the female business community involving representatives from top tier organisations. Claudia was also a part of the Linklaters Female Leadership Programme, developed with Cranfield School of Management and contributed to the development of ‘The CEO School’ for women on executive boards as well as contributing to the launch, as ambassador in Italy, of the ‘Inspiring Girls’ campaign this year.

Claudia Parzani, Managing Partner, Western Europe, Linklaters said: “We are making important gains in improving corporate diversity and I hope this recognition will raise awareness for the work that is being done and that still needs to be done to increase gender diversity in business. It has been fantastic to see the participants from the In the Boardroom programme take up their new roles and inspire a new generation of future women leaders.”

Gideon Moore, Firmwide Managing Partner, Linklaters said: “Claudia’s entrepreneurial work and passion for creating opportunities for women within the international business community is inspiring. We are very proud and delighted that the leading role she is playing in supporting a more diverse and inclusive business environment, not just at our firm but more widely, is being recognised in this way.”

Founder of HERoes, Suki Sandhu comments: “While there are a number of role model lists celebrating successful women, the FT and HERoes Champions of Women in Business Lists are different. They recognise those individuals who are using their personal success as a springboard for others, working to address the lack of gender diversity at all levels in business.”

Claudia is the firm’s Managing Partner for Western Europe and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Claudia also holds positions as a member of the International Board for Women for Expo and for 3 years was President of Valore D – an association of 150 companies supporting women’s leadership. Claudia is also Chair of Allianz Italia and Deputy Chair of the Italian Stock Exchange as well as external member of Politecnico di Milano, the largest technical university in Italy.