Thomas Cook appoints female chief executive

thomascookThomas Cook has appointed a female Chief Executive.

The tour operated has recruited Harriet Green to take up the role in July, succeeding Manny Fontenla-Novoa, who resigned in August last year. He was replaced on a temporary basis by his deputy, Sam Weihagen.

Green is currently CEO of Premier Farnell plc and a non-executive director of BAE Systems plc and the Fortune 200 company, Emerson Electric Co. Green has extensive experience of driving business transformation and change programmes globally.

Recent research from Deloitte suggests that women only accounted for one in ten executive board appointments over the last year.

Frank Meysman, Chairman of Thomas Cook, says:"I am delighted to be able to announce the appointment of such an exceptional Group CEO. Harriet is an extremely successful executive with the right combination of international, business transformation and ecommerce experience that we need to take the Group forward, and build on our strong reputation and brand. I am confident that she will be an excellent leader for the Group management team as we continue our transformation.

"The Board is incredibly grateful to Sam Weihagen for stepping into the role in August last year and providing the Group with the benefit of his experience through a difficult period, putting the Group on a firmer footing. He retires with our very best wishes for the future.”

Green adds: “Thomas Cook is an iconic brand in the leisure travel industry. I am very excited to be joining the team at this time, to lead the business forward as we rebuild shareholder value through innovation and a sustained focus on the needs of our customers, suppliers and employees.”


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