Harriet Green, OBE (born 12 December 1961) is a British businesswoman who was CEO of the Thomas Cook Group from July 2012 to November 2014.
She was born on 12 December 1961 in Cheltenham, England to Dermot Green and Nerys Allen. She grew up in Shipton, Gloucestershire, east of Cheltenham, in the Cotswolds. She was educated at Westwood’s Grammar School in Northleach.
She studied Medieval History at King’s College London, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) in 1983. She then attended the London School of Economics where she studied Business Psychology and graduated in 1985.
Career Green was President of the Asia/Pacific sector of Arrow Electronics from 2002 to 2006. She was Chief Executive Officer of Premier Farnell, a global electronics distribution business, from 2006 until 2012.
Thomas Cook She became Chief Executive of Thomas Cook Group on 30 July 2012, succeeding Manny Fontenla-Novoa who was CEO from 2003. She obtained this position by cold calling chairman Frank Meysman.
On 26 November 2014, it was announced that Green was leaving with immediate effect, and that Peter Fankhauser, the COO would take over as CEO.
Personal life She lives in Summertown, Oxford. She married Graham Clarkson in 2004 in Oxfordshire. She received an OBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours. She is a devotee of hatha yoga and reads several books a week, claiming that indulging in literature delivers an escape and relaxation away from business. Green has previously claimed that she only sleeps for around four hours a day. In February 2013, she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.
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