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These top managers attract attention in Davos

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Meta-manager Angie Gifford has also been mistaken for secretary instead of boss.


Sarah FrattaroliDeputy Head of Economics

Angie Gifford (57) is one of the most influential managers in Europe. The German is Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Facebook’s parent company Meta. But when she was asked to chair the meeting of a Europe-wide project involving 28 countries a few years ago, her name tag was in the back corner. «The organizers assumed that I was the secretary. I was the project manager!», says Gifford on the sidelines of an EqualVoice event organized by Ringier at the WEF in Davos GR.

Managers like Gifford are still in the minority at the WEF – and have countless such and similar anecdotes to tell. 47 percent of the sessions at this year’s WEF will be moderated by women. If you look at the entire list of participants, the proportion of women is 27 percent. That’s a record – “but we still have a long way to go,” admits WEF spokesman Samuel Werthmüller.

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