At SES, we pride ourselves on bringing the best to our customers, wherever they are and whatever their needs and challenges. To do this we are committed to bringing together an SES team of diverse individuals with different life experiences, different backgrounds, and from different geographies and cultures. This approach is paramount to serving our customers today and helping us decipher the world’s communication needs of tomorrow. By actively nurturing an inclusive company culture, and appreciating why it’s so important to create a fair and supportive work environment for our people, we hope to continue attracting and retaining the very best talent.
We also acknowledge that there is much work still to be done, as indeed there is in the technology sector as a whole. As an industry leader, we are fully committed to increasing the number of colleagues from underrepresented groups and to creating a more diverse SES for the future. We have begun by analysing and addressing drivers for female inclusion, which is an approach that is also be used to maximize the commitment of all diverse groups in our workforce.
Currently our workforce consists of 23% women, a figure that has been stable over the last four years but that we expect to grow as part of our diversity strategy. Also, whilst currently 9% of our executives are female, about 26% of our employees below 30 years are female, representing more than one third of the executive succession plan and 24% of the participants in our High Potential Program.
Our goal is to continue to increase number of women in areas where they are underrepresented and we have committed to increase the number of female executives by 2020. In order to achieve this goal we will need to introduce systematic and supportive practices in building a female talent pipeline that will sustain long-term gender inclusion.
As of 31 December 2017, the SES group employed 2,033 individuals worldwide. This breaks down to 536 in our Luxembourg headquarters, 554 in the rest of Europe, 555 in the US, and 388 in the rest of the world. We are a truly international company represented by 68 different nationalities. Our leadership team consists of 26 different nationalities at the executive level, with employees from 24 different nationalities in our high potential programme. The top five nationalities by number of employees are the US (546 employees), Germany (319), Israel (230), the UK (179) and France (113).