Zuto CEO James Wilkinson joins Automotive 30% club

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The Automotive 30% Club has welcomed Zuto Managing Director James Wilkinson as its newest member as it continues to move towards greater female representation in the automotive sector.

The auto finance broker was recently certified as a B Corp organization and said in a statement that it sees membership as closely aligned with its goal of balancing “profit with purpose, maintaining a high level of ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance”. .

Today, 43% of Zuto’s leadership team identify as women, which is more than double the average number of female executives at other fintech companies (19%), he said. he declares.

Wilkinson said: “I am delighted to be working with the Automotive 30% Club as our newest member, a fantastic and much needed initiative for our industry.

“We all share the same vision of closing the gender gap in the automotive sector, which has persisted for too long.

“I am confident that we, as a collective, will surpass ourselves in achieving our goal of creating an industry that champions gender diversity.”

Earlier this month, the Automotive 30% Club celebrated the success of working women in the car retail groups Jardine, JCT600, Lookers, Marshall and TrustFord by announcing the winners of its Inspiring Automotive Women Awards. annual.

A network of UK automotive doctors and CEOs, the group was established in 2019 by Gaia Innovation founder and AM Awards judge Julia Muir.

Member organizations have committed to having at least 30% of their leadership positions held by women by 2030.

Muir said, “I am very pleased to welcome Jim Wilkinson, CEO of Zuto, to the Automotive 30% Club. Zuto matches car buyers with a financial package that suits them and has a progressive corporate culture. »

Wilkinson said he hopes to work closely with fellow members of the Automotive 30% Club and Muir to devise new ways to improve gender parity in the automotive industry, not just within the team. of Zuto’s leadership, but in boardrooms across the country.

Muir will also work closely with Mary Beighton, Zuto’s chief people and culture officer and one of the company’s four female directors.

Muir said, “I look forward to working with Jim and Mary Beighton, the leader of 30 by 30, to take steps to increase diverse female representation and truly change the game in the automotive industry.”

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