December 10, 2016
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Report: Asian Pacific Americans Remain Absent From Corporate Boardrooms

 

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. announced it has unveiled the findings of its 2009 Corporate Governance Report measuring Asian Pacific American (APA) inclusion on the boards of Fortune 100 companies.

 

"Despite social, business and economic rise, Asian Pacific Americans remain absent from corporate boardrooms," said J.D. Hokoyama, LEAP's President and CEO. "This is an issue we hope to address fully in 2010 as part of our long-term strategy on research of APA representation in top leadership roles in the public, private, foundation, education and nonprofit sectors."

Highlights of the report include:

- There are 23 APAs that hold 27 board seats at 24 Fortune 100 companies.

- The 27 board seats represent 2.2 percent of the total 1,220 board seats in the Fortune 100.

- The breakdown of these APA board of directors by ethnic group is as follows: Asian Indian (13), Chinese (6), Japanese (2), Filipino (1) and Vietnamese (1).

- Five (21.7 percent) out of the 23 APA directors are women.

- Four board members sit on more than one Fortune 100 board: John S. Chen, Rajat K. Gupta, Andrea Jung and Marissa T. Peterson.

- Seven APA directors served as (vice) chair, (co) president and/or (co) CEO of a Fortune 500 company in 2009.

- Three Fortune 100 companies have more than one APA director on their boards: Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo and Best Buy.

There are several terms that are used interchangeably referring to this community: Asian, Asian American, Asian Pacific Islander and Asian Pacific American, to name a few. There are two groups that comprise the community: Asian and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The US Census Bureau defines the Asian category as "a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent", which includes over 20 ethnic groups. The Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander category is defined as "a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands."

People of Asian and Pacific Islander descent make up more than half the world's population and more than 5 percent (16.2 million) of the total US population making it one of the fastest-growing groups in the United States. According to the US Census Bureau's 2007 American Community Survey, the largest Asian groups in the US include: Chinese (23.28 percent), Filipino (20.06 percent), Asian Indian (18.22 percent), Vietnamese (10.78 percent), Korean (10.13 percent) and Japanese (8.02 percent). Native Hawaiian, Samoan and Chamorro (Guamanian) are the largest Pacific Islander groups in the country.

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics is a national organization founded in 1982 with a mission to achieve participation and equality for Asian Pacific Americans through leadership, empowerment and policy.

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About Asian Pacific Americans (APAs)

People of Asian and Pacific Islander descent make up more than half the world’s population and more than 5 percent (16.2 million) of the total US population making it one of the fastest-growing groups in the United States. 

There are several terms that are used interchangeably referring to this community: Asian, Asian American, Asian Pacific Islander and Asian Pacific American, to name a few. There are two major groups that comprise the community: Asian and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. 

The US Census Bureau defines the Asian category as “a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent,” which includes over 20 different ethnic groups.  Southeast Asian generally includes Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian and Vietnamese.  South Asian generally includes Asian Indian, Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Nepalese, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan. According to the US Census Bureau’s 2007 American Community Survey, the largest Asian groups in the US include: Chinese (23.28%), Filipino (20.06%), Asian Indian (18.22%), Vietnamese (10.78%), Korean (10.13%) and Japanese (8.02%). 

The Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander category is defined by the US Census Bureau as “a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands,” which includes 20 different ethnic groups. Native Hawaiian, Samoan and Chamorro (Guamanian) are the largest Pacific Islander groups in the country.

About LEAP

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) is a national organization founded in 1982 with a mission to achieve full participation and equality for Asian Pacific Americans through leadership, empowerment and policy. With original programs in leadership training, public policy research and community education, LEAP raises the impact and visibility of Asian Pacific Americans in all sectors. LEAP is headquartered in Los Angeles and has an office in Washington, DC.

Under its leadership research initiative, LEAP will produce a series of research reports to evaluate APA representation at the highest levels of the American workplace in Corporations, Foundations, Nonprofits, Higher Education and the Federal government.  This baseline research will be used to measure APA representation in leadership roles.

LEADERSHIP EDUCATION FOR ASIAN PACIFICS , INC .
327 East 2nd Street, Suite 226
Los Angeles, CA 90012-4210
Telephone: 213/485.1422
Fax: 213/485.0050
E-mail: leap@leap.org
Web site: http://www.leap.org 

 



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