SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco-Based Williams-Sonoma ranked number one in UC Davis’ annual study of gender equity among California’s 400 largest companies.

The eight annual Study of California Women Business Leaders, conducted by the Graduate School of Management, found that, while women hold fewer than 10 percent of executive jobs across the state, females make up nearly 47 percent of the Williams-Sonoma leadership.

“Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is proud to be a leader in diversity and consider this to be at the core of our business practices. We work to create an environment that attracts great talent, and we seek to motivate, inspire and recognize high performance among all employees,” President Laura Alber said in a press release.

The findings are based solely on executive and director-level positions. In addition to the namesake cookware brand, the housewares giant also operates Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm –  as well as other labels.

Wells Fargo, Hewlett-Packard and Netflix were among the other Bay Area firms landing in the top 25 for gender equity.

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