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Rod has ensured that inclusivity is engrained into FDM’s corporate values. The company embraces the differences that make them stronger as one and Rod has always focused on instilling a culture of acceptance that fosters innovation from the day he founded FDM. With 80+ nationalities and cultures working together today and a healthy pipeline of senior female management, FDM is leading by example. FDM regularly hosts panel discussions, thought leadership sessions, breakfast events and networking sessions for women, and Rod supports and participates in these events, alongside mentoring several women throughout the business. FDM has almost 50% women on the management team and 30% women globally, with a 0% median pay gap for the last two years, as well as being ranked first in the Women on Boards and Leadership rankings in the tech industry. FDM has a robust partnership with Everywoman and hosts the FDM Everywoman in Tech Awards on an annual basis. These awards exist to recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of women at all levels in tech. FDM welcomes girls (largely from disadvantaged schools) into centres around the world every year to showcase what a career in tech could look like for them in the future. Rod regularly advocates for women’s inclusion through external media, making public statements in the Telegraph, City AM, Management Today and European CEO amongst other media outlets.

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