Cook’s Green enters Fortune’s top 50

Cook’s Green enters Fortune’s top 50

Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green has entered the list of the top 50 most powerful international businesswomen identified by Fortune magazine.

She is one of 12 women making their debut in the listing which sees easyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall jump up to ninth position from 35 last year following the carrier joining the FTSE 100 earlier this year.

Green is placed 18th in the top 50, gaining recognition for her turnaround of Europe’s second-largest travel group since joining last year.

Fortune said: “Green, 51, cold-called the group’s chairman Frank Meysman and convinced him to hire her to run the 172-year-old travel firm, after the previous chief executive left under a cloud of losses and debt.

“The company is bouncing back just 14 months into her stint, after she undertook a complex $2.6 billion refinancing deal (which was oversubscribed), and a digital overhaul of the $15-billion-in-revenue business.

“Since Green, a medieval history major, took over, shares have soared tenfold and market capitalisation has jumped from $243 million to $3.7 billion.”


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