The FTSE 100 has gained its fifth female CEO – who is she? And who are the other four?


Today it was revealed the FTSE 100 is to gain its fifth female CEO when Veronique Laury takes over as CEO of DIY retailer Kingfisher.

Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, has been headed by Ian Cheshire for nearly seven years. Laury, who has been with the company for 11 years, will take over before January.

But who are the other female CEOs on the FTSE 100?

Carolyn McCall

easyjet’s Carolyn McCall became CEO in 2010 after rising through the ranks of the Guardian Media Group.  She was named Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year in April 2008 and received an OBE for services to women in business the same year.

Moya Greene

Former Canadian civil servant, Moya Greene is CEO of the newly privatised Royal Mail. In February 2013, she was named 12th most powerful woman in Britain by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and Financial Times Person of the Year in 2014.

Alison Cooper

CEO of Imperial Tobacco Alison Cooper has been at the head of the company since 2010. Cooper started her career in the company as group finance manager in 1999, having previously worked as an auditor for PwC. She earns a salary of £1.91m a year.

Liv Garfield

Liv Garfield became the youngest female boss in the FTSE 100 in April this year when she took up the role of CEO of Severn Trent. She was previously responsible for the £2.5bn rollout of BT’s fibre broadband network while CEO of the company’s Openreach division.