At Stellantis, led since its creation in January by Tavares, the leadership team is mostly white and mostly male, but there is a lot of diversity among nationalities. Among the most important elements to Feuell was that several women had profit and loss responsibility within the company.
"He has six women on his leadership team, four of whom lead P&Ls," she said. "And I think that's pretty significant."
Also important, she said, is how he handles his team: "He's a fierce competitor; he's very clear on the goals and objectives for the business. But he's one of the most humble leaders I've ever worked with. And he's so respectful in the way that he leads the team managers meetings and respects the feedback of everyone before he weighs in," she said.
To ensure that progress on diversity continues, Boyle and Feuell stressed not only recruiting women and members of minority groups, but also ensuring that those starting their careers have enough support and opportunity so they can move up and continue to be ready for ever bigger roles.
Women who aspire to senior management need "to secure roles and succeed in roles in which you've managed a budget, in which you've led a sizable team, in which you've led a profit and loss part of the business," Feuell said. Those "are all really important experiences to have in order to set you up for those future roles.
"I'm often asked as a female leader in the business, how do I support other women in the business? And it's really down to building that pipeline so that we can promote internally."