Alison Jane Cooper (born 31 March 1966) is a British businesswoman. She is currently the chief executive officer (CEO) of Imperial Brands, the world’s fourth-largest tobacco company as measured by market share.
Cooper grew up in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey, in a family where "money was stretched". She was educated at the nearby Tiffin Girls' School, an all-girls' grammar school, and later gained a bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics from Bristol University After she gained her degree she spent a gap year teaching in Kenya on a voluntary basis.
Cooper went to work for accountancy firm Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Bristol as an auditor. This company later became PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked in acquisitions and strategy planning.
She joined Imperial Tobacco in 1999 as group finance manager and was promoted to group financial controller in 2001. She rose to chief operating officer in 2009, before becoming chief executive officer in March 2010 Cooper took over from Gareth Davis, who had held the position for fourteen years. She said at the time, "We need a change in mind-set. Tobacco has been traditional in the way it has operated. We want to move from being a tobacco manufacturer to a FMCG [fast-moving consumer goods] company." Cooper has been a non-executive director of Inchcape plc. since July 2009.
In October 2012, Cooper noted that she and Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts were the only two female CEOs running FTSE 100 Index companies. Cooper is one of only 5 other female CEOs among UK's top 100 companies. Despite this, she has stressed that she does not support the introduction of quotas intended to increase female participation in boardrooms In February 2013, she was assessed by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom.
In October 2019, following a profits warning a few days earlier Alison Cooper announced that she will step down as a CEO once a replacement is found. She is considered the second high profile exit to the company. Cooper is married with two daughters. She drives a Porsche Carrera and enjoys a pint of Guinness and the occasional cigar. Cooper is against positive discrimination.
Wang was born on 15 September 1958 in Taipei, Taiwan. Her Parent(s) are Wang Yung-chingJiao Yang. And Spouse(s) Chen Wen-Chi. She studied abroad at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California, and went on to receive her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981.
Wang joined First International Computer (FIC) in 1982. Wang and others founded VIA in 1987 and HTC in 1997. In August 2012, Wang was named #56 on Forbes' list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.] As of 2014, she is listed as the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Cher Wang has an enviable record in the electronics industry. Her remarkable insight into technology trends and entrepreneurship has enabled her to establish a number of highly successful IT-related businesses. She is currently the Chairman of two Taiwan-listed companies, and on the board of directors of or advisor to numerous other companies. While working as a PC Division General Manager, Wang was instrumental in driving the development of First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) into the motherboard business while in the position of General Manager of the PC Division. She is Chairman of VIA Technologies.
In 2011 Wang donated US$28.1 million to help found Guizhou Forerunner College, a charitable college in southwest China set up by VIA Technologies' non-profit Faith-Hope-Love Foundation. The not-for-profit college aims to provide three years of free or low-cost education to students from low-income families. Wang has stated that if the college proves successful she may well set up additional similar institutions in other parts of the country.
She moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 16 and studied economics at Girton College, Cambridge. She studied abroad in India, and told IANS in an email interview "India has long held a special place in my heart; from the time I went to study comparative religion at Visva-Bharati University".
In 1973, Arianna wrote a book titled The Female Woman, attacking the Women's Liberation movement in general and Germaine Greer's 1970 The Female Eunuch in particular. In 1979, Polydor Records released a solo album by Irene Papas entitled Odes with music. The words for the album were co-written by Arianna Stassinopoulos. Huffington serves on the boards of directors of the Berggren Institute, the Centre for Public Integrity, Uber and Onex Corporation.
She is also a One Young World Counsellor, speaking to delegates at summits in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2013. In 2016; she was named to Opran Winfrey's SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders. In 2016. Huffington stepped down from her positions at AOL and Huffington Post to launch her new enterprise, Thrive Global, which offers science-based solutions to end stress and burnout.
Glamour award for Visionary in 2011. The Presidential Award for her Life's Accomplishments and Contributions to Women's Health at AMWA's 99th Anniversary Gala at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, March 15th, 2014.