Harriet Green OBE

General Manager, IBM Watson IoT


Harriet Green is a global executive who has led business transformations on four continents, with a proven track record for developing and implementing strategies for profitable growth and increasing shareholder value in global technology, logistics, travel and consumer sectors.

In her most recent role she led the successful global transformation and rebranding of the Thomas Cook Group, the oldest name in leisure travel with 173 year history. Under her leadership the market capitalisation of the business increased from £150 million to over £2 billion in under two years; the share price rose by 900%; the business raised £1.6 billion for recapitalisation; implemented a focussed strategy for profitable growth; delivered 9 consistent quarters of profitable growth; developed a true omni-channel strategy and drove the digitisation of the business; saw employee engagement increase by 4% year on year and put the customer experience and new product development back at the heart of the business.

Before joining Thomas Cook, Harriet was the CEO of FTSE 250 company Premier Farnell Plc from April 2006 to July 2012, and before that had an extensive, and successful global career with Arrow Electronics Inc and the Macro Group. She sits on the Boards of BAE Systems and Emerson as a Non Executive Director, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Harriet is a well established business speaker on a wide range of topics, passionate about making a difference and encouraging young people to look beyond the media stereotypes about business.


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