ING UK has announced that 18 employees are being promoted to Director in 2017 – with over half of them women.
The announcement comes after the launch of ING’s Diversity Manifesto around the globe in 2016. The move also suggests that efforts to strengthen the pipeline of female talent in the bank in London are gaining traction.
In total, 59 employees in the UK were promoted in the 2017 round – 12 to Associate/Manager, 26 to Vice President, 18 to Director and three to Managing Director.
Head of ING UK, Ireland and Middle East, Gerald Walker said, “We aim to foster strength and depth of talent in our workforce that reflects the diverse world we live in.”
“This is why I am pleased that ten of our 18 newly-promoted directors are part of our pipeline of female talent – and, moreover, that they work across our organisation in support and front offices roles as diverse as Financial Markets, Corporate Finance, Legal and Risk.”
“Our promotion decisions are always made based on merit irrespective of the gender of the candidate.”
New Director, Naomi Kirwan, who works in Financial Markets in Global Securities Finance (GSF) Sales, is one of the ten women promoted to Director and participated in a six-month career coaching programme for female talent last year. She said, “Since joining ING just over two years ago I have had many opportunities to grow my career.”
“This includes developing my role to market GSF across Europe, as well as training and coaching to further build my management skills.”
“In my promotion panel interview, I was able to pitch this and being promoted to Director feels like an acknowledgement of this work.”