More women leaders celebrated in Retail 100 than ever before

Helena Helmersson CEO HM group

With a 27% rise in women executives since 2019, increased gender diversity is one of the trends that characterises this year’s ranking of the most influential people in retail. Megan Dunsby reflects on what this means and why it is time for retail to become truly diverse

RWRC has this week published its annual Retail 100 – produced in association with Braze, ChannelAdvisor and Salesforce – celebrating the top leaders transforming retail, speaking out, innovating, making headlines and driving growth.

We are pleased to say there are now more influential women recognised than ever before in the Retail 100’s history, with 23 women leaders celebrated – up from 18 in 2019.

In ninth, Boohoo co-founder Carol Kane is the highest-ranking woman following a year in which the etailer has taken a larger share of the fashion market, fuelled by acquisitions, international expansion and increased brand awareness resulting in a 54% jump in pre-tax profit in its last financial year to £92.2m.

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