The Lloyds of London executive chief, Inga Beale, has topped the annual power list of 100 LGBT executives.
This is the first time that this list, which is compiled by networking group OUTstanding and the Financial Times, has seen a woman and a bisexual at the top.
At second and third place we have Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas and HSBC’s UK and European chief, Antonio Simoes, respectively.
Chief executive of OUTstanding, Suki Sandhu, had this to say: “Those featured are an inspiration to anyone who fears that they may have to be closeted at work, and waste valuable effort muting their authentic selves.”
Inga Beale herself also expressed her feelings on being at the top, saying she felt honoured by it: “I am proud of the commitment of Lloyd’s and the London insurance market to celebrate diversity and ensure we are an attractive, globally relevant and inclusive sector.”
As for our third place LGBT executive, Antonio Simoes, he said that companies need workforces that reflect modern society.
“We still have some way to go before everyone feels confident enough to express themselves in an authentic way at work. Initiatives like this are a powerful statement that attitudes are changing and we are making genuine progress.”