Two of the travel industry’s top women executives have been named among the most powerful 100 women in the UK by the BBC.
Thomas Cook chief executive Harriett Green and easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall are both on the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List.
They join the Queen, Victoria Beckham, singer Adele, Dawn French, Clare Balding and Stella McCartney among the household names in the 100.
Green said: “I’m pleased personally to be recognised and as CEO of Thomas Cook.
“It is a reminder of the strength of our brand and that the importance of this great travel business is widely recognised.”
Green has been credited with sparking the start of a turnaround at Cook since taking on the role last year after the travel giant’s financial problems which came to a head in November 2011.
She will announce her much-anticipated full turnaround plan for the firm in March having helped Cook’s share price to recover to almost 90p from a low of just 11p.
McCall has won many admirers heading up the budget carrier easyJet which is now poised the join the FTSE 100 list of publically listed firms in the UK.
Both women joined the travel industry from other sectors – Green from electronics distributor Premier Farnell and McCall from Guardian Media Group.
Also included in the list is lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox who now works on behalf of the government as an advisor on the digital sector, and Maria Miller, secretary of state for culture, media and sport.
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