Four of the 13 board members at Entergy Corp. are women, placing the New Orleans-based utility well above the roughly 20 percent averaged by other members of the S&P 500.
Monroe-based CenturyLink Inc. is more typical of the largest publicly traded companies. Two of the telecommunications firm’s 12 board members are women. Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu joined the board in November, replacing the late Fred Nichols.
The Louisiana companies are part of The Wall Street Journal’s analysis of the boards of directors of the S&P 500. The report also looks at board pay, directors’ independence from the company and management, and age.
The report found that close to 75 percent of the boards have at least two women members. Ten years ago, only half the boards did. But in many European countries, more than a third of directors are women.
The median pay for Entergy’s directors – half make more and half less than the median – is $232,699. At CenturyLink, the median pay is $263,475. Median pay for the S&P 500 board members ranged from $229,927 and $294,749. The figures are for non-employee board members.
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