Microsoft adds five women to strengthen board

Microsoft has five women on its board with the software major nominating Emma Walmsley, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Charles Noski, former vice chairman of AT&T, and Helmut Panke, former chairman of BMW, are not seeking re-election to Microsoft’s board. That means the US-based company’s board will have 13 members, including five women.

Microsoft had just two women directors out of 10 directors on board four years ago, and both have subsequently left the board, CNBC reported.

“Emma Walmsley is an accomplished business leader who led major advances in research and development at GSK and will bring her significant insights and global experience to Microsoft,” John Thompson, Microsoft’s independent board chair, said in the statement on Thursday.

The other women on Microsoft’s board are Teri List-Stoll, Gap finance chief; Sandra Peterson, operating partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; Penny Pritzker, founder of PSP Partners; and Padmasree Warrior, CEO of Fable Group and a former top executive at Cisco and Motorola.