By Kirsten Settle | Consultant | Lonergan Partners, Inc.

The WLI team recently met with Kirsten Settle of Lonergan Partners, the largest independently-owned, retained executive search firm in Silicon Valley. We were interested in, and thought our readers would be too, their recently announced 2021 Lonergan SV150, which is the defin­i­tive rank­ing of the top pub­lic companies in tech­nol­o­gy that are locat­ed in the Sil­i­con Valley.

They also shared the Lonergan SV150 Insights developed from analysis of LSV 150 company data. Of note, there are six women CEOs on the list including:

  • Lisa Su, AMD | LSV #22
  • Jayshree Ullal | Arista | LSV #55
  • Kat­ri­na Lake | Stitch Fix | LSV #59
  • Lynn Jurich |Sun­run | LSV #83
  • Hay­den Brown | Upwork | LSV #125
  • Jen­nifer Teja­da | Pager­Du­ty | LSV #144

As part of their insights, they analyzed the percentage of women on board seats from their list. “As of the week of March 31, 2021, women direc­tors fill 30% of the board seats on the Lon­er­gan SV150.” The company also went a step further to com­pare this to their 2015 study of Sil­i­con Val­ley boards [Who Runs Sil­i­con Val­ley Board edi­tion] which shows an increase of 16%.

While there is still much work to do to achieve gender parity in our industry, as Lonergan’s Insights pointed out, “A relent­less focus on gen­der diver­si­ty in the Sil­i­con Val­ley has yield­ed a change in recruitment at the board level.”

And, specifically:

  • Board seats filled by women: 157 in mid-2015 ris­ing to 404 today
  • Per­cent women held seats: 14% in mid-2015 ris­ing to 30% today
  • Num­ber of Lon­er­gan SV150 boards with no women direc­tors: 45 in mid-2015 drop­ping to 0 today

Thanks to the Lonergan Partners team for sharing their data with us! If you’re interested in more information about Lonergan, its list or insights, reach out to Kirsten Settle, Consultant, Lonergan Partners, Inc.

Kirsten Settle Bio

As a Consultant for Lonergan Partners, Kirsten focuses on recruit­ing CEOs, CXOs, and direct reports to the CEO for grow­ing pub­lic and ven­ture-backed com­pa­nies in semi­con­duc­tor, net­work­ing, SaaS, automotive, AR/VR, FinTech, and medical diagnostics technology. She has made suc­cess­ful place­ments at promi­nent pub­lic com­pa­nies includ­ing Ram­bus [NAS­DAQ: RMBS] and Infi­neon [XETRA: IFX] and has obtained a loy­al ven­ture-backed clien­tele includ­ing SiFive, Movel­lus, and Axiado. Kirsten Settle can be contacted via phone or email at 650-413-6015 and/or