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
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
To read a full list of winners at First Women Awards 2008, click here.