The Magenta Project confirms new Chair
Published on April 23rd, 2021
Jonquil Hackenberg has been appointed as the new Chair of The Magenta Project from April 2021.
Established by the sailors of the successful campaign of Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, The Magenta Project seeks to develop pathways and generate opportunities for women in performance sailing, working with a wide range of individuals and organizations to make this happen.
Jonquil is Partner and Global Head of Sustainability at PA Consulting and has more than 20 years’ experience in consulting, having worked with leading global organisations including the World Economic Forum.
“Sailing is one of those special sports where men and women are able to compete alongside, and against each other, leveraging the very best that a mixed skilled team can produce – all skills that are reflected in the workplace, except that the opportunity given to women is staggeringly low,” said Hackenberg.
“With the leaps and bounds in innovations and design for one, this should just not be the case in 2021, and I am so excited to support and help drive this alongside the rest of the Magenta Project board.
“A lot of stars have aligned in my business life and the lack of women generally in teams – both on and off the water – have made me really want to turn my words into actions. The Magenta Project is in a great position to be front and centre of the movement to drive and support gender parity within performance sailing, and I am very much looking forward to helping deliver on this.”
Founding Member of The Magenta Project, Abby Ehler, adds: “For the past two years our outgoing Chair, Elaine Penhaul, has worked hard with the Board to get the Project strategically better placed and we very much thank her for her work and support during her tenure. We are now on the cusp of some great opportunities that will really start to make an impact as well as take advantage of the rise in women’s sport worldwide.”
Hackenberg, who will officially start as Chair of The Magenta Project on the April 29, 2021, leads a board that includes Abby Ehler, Libby Greenhalgh, Vicky Ellis, Andrew Pindar, Tiphaine Turluche, Luca Rizzotti, and Victoria Low.
The Magenta Project, whose mission is to accelerate women to the top of sailing, is a collective of passionate sailors committed to creating equal access and opportunities for women in sailing. Alongside their successful Magenta Mentoring Programme, the Project also partners with teams and events to upskill female sailors to enable them to reach the top of their sport.