Bank of New Zealand’s newest director, Auckland lawyer Mai Chen, says ethnic representation has now overtaken gender as one of the biggest concerns for boardrooms.
Chen, who co-founded the firm Chen Palmer, has been appointed to BNZ’s board, with the bank’s chairman, John Waller, saying the post matched BNZ’s mission of supporting a higher-achieving New Zealand.
“Of course I can contribute my years of experience in strategic problem-solving, in running a successful business, and in innovating new services, products and organisations, as well as my expertise in managing regulatory risk, and in showing the relevance of ‘cultural intelligence’ to large organisations
“But as a Chinese woman i can bring so much more to the table too.”
Like what I wonder?
Any company that selects board members on any criteria other than they are the best person for the job, regardless of race or gender, is doing its shareholders or owners a disservice.
One has to wonder how many idiots are in management these days who got there because they were the right gender or race. I suspect the public service is full of them, and there are numerous large private sector companies whose commitment to Fabian socialism obliges them to enforce quotas based on the same criteria.
This cannot bring any kind of real benefit. Regardless of what the Marxist social engineers preach, there is no other criteria that should be used other than “the best person for the job”.
People are people. I wish so much we had a political party that would counter the tidal wave of divisive Marxist propaganda that we have to suffer on this issue.