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Harriet Green-GM of IBM Watson IoT

A global executive who has led business transformations on four continents
posted onJune 11, 2017
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Harriet Green is a British businesswoman who leads three IBM business divisions, the Internet of Things, Commerce and Education Businesses.

Prior to this her career had been in the electronics components industry working in Europe, the United States and Asia. She was managing director of Macro Group, and then appointed president of the Asia/Pacific sector of Arrow Electronics from 2002 to 2006. She was CEO of electronics parts distributor Premier Farnell from 2006 until 2012.

Between 2012-2014 she was chief executive of Thomas Cook Group, a British global travel company listed on the London Stock Exchange and garnered investor plaudits for turning around a business that was recovering from the brink of bankruptcy. During her time as CEO, Green helped grow Thomas Cook Group's market worth from £148m to more than £2bn and helped increase the company's share price 829pc.

Harriet Green was born on 12 December 1961 in Cheltenham, England. She studied Medieval History at King's College London, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1983. She then studied Business Psychology at the London School of Economics, graduating in 1985.

In her interview with BBC business reporter Will Smale she said her strength of purpose can be traced back to coping with the death of her father when she was 14.

"You know I lost a parent in my early teens, and for a child that is the worst that can happen," she said. "And if you can cope with that, pretty much everything else - except a very similar situation of loss - is unlikely to derail you."

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 and Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year for 2014. She has also served two parliamentary terms as a member of the U.K. Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group. She is often cited as an inspiration by female entrepreneurs.

She is married, with two children and lives in Oxford.