A ranking of local public corporations based on female board representation

As part of Columbus Monthly’s exploration of the state of women leadership in the city, Columbus Dispatch library director Julie Fulton collected data on women serving on local corporate boards. Below are the Central Ohio public companies are doing the best at appointing women directors, as well as which ones are doing the worst. Fulton also gathered information on how many women are currently included in each company’s top leadership, as presented on the company’s website. (Data from 2011 comes from a previous Columbus Monthly story on women and power. Those companies without numbers for 2011 were either private, not yet created or headquartered elsewhere in 2011.)

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1. State Auto Financial Corp.

50 percent (4 out of 8 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 22.2 (2/9)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 25 percent (2/8)

2. Designer Brands (DSW)

45.5 percent (5 out of 11 directors 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 27.3 percent (3/11)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 33.3 percent (3/9)

3. Big Lots Inc.

44.4 percent (4 out of 9 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 11.1 percent (1/9)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 12.5 percent (1/8)

4. Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc.

42.9 percent (3 out of 7 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 14.2 percent (1/7)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 40 percent (2/5)

5. L Brands Inc.

41.7 percent (5 out of 12 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 20 percent (2/10)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 20 percent (2/10)

6. Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

40 percent (2 out of 5 directors in 2019)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/3)

7. Express Inc.

37.5 percent (3 out of 8 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 14.3 percent (1/7)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 40 percent (2/5)

8. Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

36.4 percent (4 out of 11 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 22.2 percent (2/9)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 50 percent (2/4)

9. Huntington Bancshares Inc.

35.7 percent (5 out of 14 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 13.3 percent (2/15)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 30.8 percent (4/13)

10. Cardinal Health Inc. (tie)

33.3 percent (4 out of 12 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 25 percent (3/12)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 40 percent (6/15)

10. SCI Engineered Materials Inc. (tie)

33.3 percent (2 out of 6 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 0 percent (0/5)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/3)

12. American Electric Power Co. (tie)

28.6 percent (4 out of 14 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 16.7 percent (2/12)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 23.1 percent (3/13)

12. Washington Prime Group Inc. (tie)

28.6 percent (2 out of 7 directors in 2019)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 41.7 percent (5/12)

14. Installed Building Products Inc.

25 percent (2 out of 8 directors 2019)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 6.7 percent (1/15)

15. Greif Inc. (tie)

22.2 percent (2 out of 9 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 22.2 percent (2/9)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/10)

15. M/I Homes Inc. (tie)

22.2 percent (2 out of 9 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 11.1 percent (1/9)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/3)

17. Park National Corp.

21.4 percent (3 out of 14 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 14.3 percent (2/14)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/3)

18. Lancaster Colony Corp.

20 percent (2 out of 10 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 11.1 percent (1/9)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/6)

19. Wendy’s Co. (tie)

18.2 percent (2 out of 11 directors in 2019)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 44.4 percent (4/9)

19. Worthington Industries Inc. (tie)

18.2 percent (2 out of 11 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 22.2 percent (2/9)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 13.3 percent (2/15)

21. Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. (tie)

16.7 percent (1 out of 6 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 0 percent (0/7)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 11.1 percent (1/9)

21. Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. (tie)

16.7 percent (2 out of 16 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 25 percent (3/12)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 16.7 percent (1/6)

23. Rocky Brands Inc.

10 percent (1 out of 10 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 0 percent (0/9 percent)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/6)

24. Advanced Drainage Systems Inc.

9.1 percent (1 out of 11 directors in 2019)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/8)

25. Central Federal Corp. (tie)

0 percent (0 out of 10 directors in 2019)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 25 percent (1/4)

25. Core Molding Technologies Inc. (tie)

0 percent (0 out of 7 directors in 2019)

Women as a percentage of the board in 2011: 0 percent (0/6)

Percentage of leaders who are women in 2019: 0 percent (0/4)

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