Named one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women International in 2019, three passions have shaped Harriet Green’s journey as a business leader over the last three decades: solving complex business problems; creating environments of deep inclusion and building cultures that embrace lifelong learning and reinvention, including ensuring the new skills the world needs.
Not only has Harriet built new businesses within established global organizations, she has led significant business and digital transformations across a variety of sectors including technology, logistics, travel and consumer, driving profitable growth and increasing shareholder value. And over her career she has worked in four continents and run companies in hundreds of different countries and unique cultures.
As CEO of IBM Asia Pacific from 2018-2020, Harriet was at the forefront of positioning the company as a leader in Cloud and trusted partner for companies looking to unlock value from their data using cognitive computing such as AI, blockchain and security solutions.
Under her leadership, 55% of Country General Managers in AP were women, representation increasing significantly over her tenure. She was instrumental to launching a new education model,P-TECH, in seven AP markets to bring STEM education and experience to young people, with 25 P-TECH schools now open or committed the region. In addition, ‘STEM for Girls’ was launched in India in 2019 to improve the skills and careers of 1 million female students over a three year period.
Previously, from 2015-2017, Harriet was IBM's General Manager for Watson Internet of Things, Commerce and Education. Watson IoT was IBM’s first global start up and continues to thrive today.
Prior to this, from 2012-2014, as CEO of the Thomas Cook Group, Harriet led the successful global transformation and rebranding of the leisure travel company.
As a leader who believes that people should be able to bring their whole selves to work, for the last three consecutive years, Harriet has ranked Top 10 in the HERoes women role models lists. These recognize and celebrate company leaders who champion diversity and inclusion in business. Supported by the Financial Times in 2017/18 and Yahoo Finance in 2019, Harriet most recently ranked number 5 in the HERoes 100 Female Executives 2019 list for driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace.
In terms of non-executive Board positions, in February 2019, Harriet was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB); the government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for strategies that enhance Singapore's position as a global centre for business, innovation, and talent. She is the First female ‘industry’ board member and Resourcing Committee member. For over nine years she sat on the board of FTSE 100 BAE Systems plc, a developer of defense and aerospace systems, before standing down at the end of 2019, and from 2008-2015 the Board of engineering company Emerson. Harriet is also a member of the King’s Business School Advisory Council.
Harriet received her OBE for services to electronics in 2010.