Last night, June 11, Christine received a prestigious prize at the 2008 First Women Awards in London. Christine, pictured below with colleagues from Capgemini, won the Finance Category against some formidable short-listed contenders.
The First Women Awards, sponsored by LloydsTSB bank and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), was founded in 2004 by the CBI and Real Business magazine. Held in Central London, its mission is to acknowledge women who are pioneers and trailblazers in business.
From l to r: Julie Pereira - Vice President, Company Secretary & Corporate Services, Jean Ward - Vice President, Christine Hodgson - CFO Capgemini UK & Global OS, Nasrin Janmohamed - Vice President, Global Strategic Deals in Financial Services and Sue Holly-Rodway - New Business Manager, Capgemini Aspire.
Christine’s entry for the award was supported by some excellent testimonials from Global OS leader Paul Spence, Group CFO Nicolas Dufourcq and Global OS HR Director Robert Ingram. And Julia Cleverdon from Business in the Community (BitC), HRH Prince of Wales’s charity with which Capgemini is working with around Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), also gave her backing.
Other winners on the night were Julia Cleverdon of BitC, who took the public sector award, and retail fashion guru Nicole Farhi, who received the lifetime achievement award.
During a remarkable career to date, Christine has proved she is an exceptional talent and an inspiration to women and men in the Group. She was the first woman to become a director of Capgemini UK and also the first woman director on the board of the Outsourcing Strategic Business Unit (SBU).
Before joining Capgemini, Christine was Director of Corporate Development for luxury goods company Ronson. She attained the role at the age of just 30, and was the company’s first ever woman director and one of the youngest female directors of a publicly quoted company in the UK. Prior to that, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with leading international auditors Coopers and Lybrand, and rose rapidly to Senior Manager with the firm. Earlier, she gained a first class honors in Accounting and Financial Management at Loughborough University and the Management Science faculty prize for best overall performance.
More recently Christine was a driving force in helping Capgemini UK to become one of The Times ‘Where Women Want to Work’ Top Fifty in both 2006 and 2007. She is also a Board Member of BitC and joined the Board of MacIntyre Care, a leading supplier of services for individuals with learning disabilities, in 2007.
To read a full list of winners at First Women Awards 2008, click here.