Leading Within a Male-Dominated Sector: The Female Outsider Leader Landscape

  • Felicity Kelliher
  • Chris O’Riordan
  • Patrick C. Flood
  • Malcolm Higgs


This chapter looks at the evolution of a technology leader trajectory through a female lens. It begins by considering the debate around gender imbalance in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sector and contemplates the challenges and opportunities in addressing this anomaly. It then discusses the career of a female outsider leader (Regina Moran), who has risen through the ranks of a global IT company (Fujitsu) over the last 30 years. As Vice President and Head of Industries EMEAI at Fujitsu and one of the 50 most influential women in Information Technology in the UK, Regina looks back over her career to date and discusses the need for current business leaders and mentors to entice both genders to pursue careers in STEM to help build a reservoir of future female business leaders in these sectors. A conclusion is presented at the end of the chapter, along with a reflection on the chapter’s content.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felicity Kelliher
    • 1
  • Chris O’Riordan
    • 1
  • Patrick C. Flood
    • 2
  • Malcolm Higgs
    • 3
  1. 1.School of BusinessWaterford Institute of TechnologyWaterfordIreland
  2. 2.DCU Business SchoolDublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  3. 3.Hull University Business SchoolUniversity of HullHullUK

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