Some of the largest companies in the U.K. appear to be providing more opportunities for women to join powerful leadership positions. Last year, women accounted for 47% of first-time appointments to FTSE 350 boards -- up from 11% just a few years ago. The latest research, however, shows that the appointment of women to FTSE 100 boards has slowed, with Tesco's appointment of Liv Garfield one of the few exceptions.

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