Xerox CEO: People Will Be ‘Detracted’ From Facebook If More Women Aren’t On Board
6:15 pm, May 22nd | by Laura Donovan
We always hear about how wealthy and awesome Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is, but it begs the question: why can’t there be more females in her situation, especially given the company’s mass popularity?
Xerox CEO Ursula Burns echoed this sentiment during a Tuesday appearance on CNBC, where she discussed the social networking site’s IPO and employees. When asked whether Facebook should bring a female onto the board, Burns said, “No question about it,” adding:
“This idea about one female on the board is kind of an anomaly to me. I mean, one female on the board, that would be the minimum, absolutely. Major users of Facebook are women, they will have to get females on the board, they have to get diversity on the board or it will detract from the standing, I think, of Facebook.”
Burns, who is the first African American woman to lead a major company, is dead-on. Facebook may consistently rank as one of the most visited sites on the Internet, but as more social media platforms grow in popularity and offer similar services, Facebook will have to step up its efforts to stay competitive in many ways.
Watch the clip below: