1/20/2004 - Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) announced that it has earned a place on the "Top 30 Companies for Executive Women" list. Sponsored by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), the list recognizes those companies that offer the best possibilities for women to succeed, as well as providing exemplary programs preparing women for top positions.
Among this year's winners, NAFE found outstanding manufacturing, publishing, high tech, and consumer products companies where women have moved into positions as chief operating officer, managing director, general manager, or presidents of operations in the United States and abroad.
In selecting the Top 30 list this year, NAFE focused on the number of women in the management pipeline, as well as those already holding senior positions. NAFE looked for programs and policies that ensure training and job rotation, enforce accountability for women's success and include a minimum of two women on the board.
"Compuware remains dedicated to promoting the most qualified candidates from within the company for management positions. Over 35 percent of our management population is women, which significantly exceeds the national numbers for women in management. This is particularly noteworthy for a technology company, an industry that is historically male-dominated," said Peter Karmanos, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Compuware Corporation. "We continue to have initiatives in place for Leadership Development and Succession Planning, which provide individualized development plans, coaching, mentoring and assessments for qualified candidates."
Compuware has women serving in the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as well as four women board members, demonstrating Compuware's commitment to gender diversity and leading by example.
In addition to supporting the continued advancement of women, Compuware helps provide all employees with a healthy work/life balance through headquarters amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, daycare - including Kindergarten - for up to 300 children, cafeteria, physician, physical and massage therapists, credit-union and dry-cleaning. Compuware also provides employees with a comprehensive benefit package and a 24-hour employee assistance program to help balance work/life issues.
"Most companies have not dispelled myths about women's commitment, about their risk quotient, willingness to relocate, and ability to manage men or run a manufacturing operation," says Betty Spence, president of the National Association for Female Executives. "Women do not get offered the opportunities that lead to the corner office. Companies that 'get it' hold managers accountable for moving women into profit-and-loss jobs. They should make any woman's short list of places to work."
The National Association for Female Executives
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, is the largest women's professional and business association in the country. It publishes NAFE Magazine, a bi-monthly publication distributed to 65,000 members. NAFE began conducting the Top 30 Companies for Executive Women in 2002, picking up the work of Working Woman magazine. NAFE is part of Working Mother Media, which also operates Working Mother magazine, the annual 100 Best WorkLife Conference, and recently launched the new initiative the Best Companies for Women of Color.
Compuware Corporation, a leading provider of software and technology services, delivers industrial-strength solutions for the enterprise computing environment that dramatically improve productivity, quality and performance across the application life cycle. For more information about Compuware, please visit: http://www.compuware.com/.
Compuware is a registered trademark of Compuware Corporation.
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