Our people, with their competencies, skills and attitudes, and our company culture are unique assets for Amadeus, differentiating us in what we deliver to our customers and how we relate to them. A robust, sustainable business model, coupled with continuity in leadership, managers and employees have allowed the company to continuously grow and succeed.
Our focus on people has enabled our company to see its solutions implemented in 195 countries. Our global presence has resulted in a special appreciation for diversity within the company and is a driver for greater innovation.
As we continue to invest in comprehensive practices regarding talent retention, we keep a low turnover rate of 6.9%, below the IT labour market rate, which according to the Corporate Leadership Council was 14.9%5 in 2010. Due to the growth pattern of the Company and prudent management through the economic downturn, there have been no large-scale employee redundancy programmes in recent years.
Multiculturalism, respect and openness are at the heart of our culture. With employees from 110 countries speaking over 58 languages, the diversity of our staff enriches the company with their different experiences and backgrounds. We have over 80 nationalities represented in our central sites. In our headquarters based in Madrid, Spain, over 40% of our employees are non-Spanish nationals.
We explicitly outline a multicultural approach as the first of the primary core competencies required of our employees.
Equality among men and women is a key concern for Amadeus, whose efforts are focused on increasing awareness and reinforcing policies in this matter. Diversity, and with it equality among all employees, is the source of our incredible wealth in human assets, and the foundation for cohesion and constant progress within Amadeus.
With regards to gender diversity, 39% of our permanent employees in 2012 were women. Out of 2,091 management positions, 662 are currently held by women, representing 32% of the total. Furthermore, 17 women occupy executive management positions out of 141 total executive positions. At the Executive Committee level, we increased female representation to 33%. On our Board, the chair of our Nominations and Remunerations Committee in 2012 was a woman.