Why more women are replacing male CEOs in the years since the Great Recession

Women CEOs are on the rise.

Corporate America has a long way to go to clear out the corner office for more female CEOs, but there’s been a dramatic shift over the last decade. Nearly 22% of new chief executives were women in the first half of 2019, up from 12% during the same period in 2010, according to an analysis released Thursday by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based out-placement and career transitioning firm. Of the 607 replacement CEOs recorded in the first half of 2019, 131 were women. That’s up from almost 19% female CEO replacements in the first half of 2018.

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