Isuzu Truck boss Nikki King: 'The Queen Bee complex is alive and well'

Speaking at MT's Inspiring Women Conference 2013, Isuzu Truck boss Nikki King says the biggest opposition she's faced is other women.

by Elizabeth Anderson and Gabriella Grifith
Last Updated: 03 Dec 2013

Speaking about the challenges of working in a male-dominated industry, Isuzu Truck UK CEO Nikki King said the problems she's faced have come from other women - not men.

'The truck industry is a very male-dominated one, but they're actually very encouaging of their women. The biggest opposition I've had in my climb to the top is other women.The Queen Bee complex is alive and well. I don't think it's strictly true that senior women always encourage other women,' King said at MT's Inspiring Women conference.

King also spoke about the challenges of working for a Japanese company: 'When I first went to Japan, for two weeks nobody spoke to me or even interpreted anything I said because I couldn't possibly be a managing director. And then after I drove a 32 tonne truck in a test track, they started talking to me and then they started taking me to transvestite nightclubs which indicated that they thought I was a man in drag. So I've had a bit of a battle in Japan. But now we get on really well.'

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