General Manager & VP, IBM Watson IoT, Commerce and Education
Harriet Green OBE 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. Harriet received her OBE for services to electronics in 2010.
Harriet is currently General Manager of Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education at IBM driving growth in IBM’s high priority and key growth initiatives. Across these business units, Harriet is helping usher in a new era of cognitive business, helping “clients unlock value in new insights ”from the massive amount of data they generate each day.
Previously 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 profita-ble growth; delivered 9 consistent quarters of profitable growth; developed a true omni-channel strategy and drove the digitisation of the business; saw employee en-gagement 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. Premier Farnell is a global distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair in Europe, the Americas, and Asia Pacific, with global sales of £973 million and operating profit of £123 million.
Prior to Premier Farnell, Harriet was senior vice president of Arrow Electronics Inc., a global provider of products, services, and solutions to users of electronic compo-nents and enterprise computing solutions, and ran business in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Harriet is also a non-executive director of FTSE 100 BAE Systems plc, a developer of defense and aerospace systems, with sales of 18.2 billion in 2013. In 2016 Harriet was inducted in the Women in IT International Hall of Fame recognized for outstanding contributions to technology and science and for supporting and mentoring women and girls worldwide. She was previously also recognised as the UK Business leader of the Year and Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year for 2014 and ranked 23rd in the Fortune Top Global Businesspeople list.
Harriet has also served two parliamentary terms as a member of the U.K. Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, and is a founder of the not- for-profit, One-Voice Organisation.
Harriet has a Degree in Medieval History from London University (Kings College).