‘In­spi­ra­tional’ busi­ness leader Lady Judge dies at age of 73

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Front Page - By Lucy Bur­ton

TRAILBLAZI­NG busi­ness­woman Lady Bar­bara Judge has died of pan­cre­atic cancer aged 73 fol­low­ing decades at the top of the cor­po­rate lad­der.

Amer­i­can-born Lady Judge be­came the youngest part­ner of a New York law firm in 1978, af­ter be­ing told that be­ing a cor­po­rate lawyer was “for tough men, not you”, and two years later was named the youngest ever com­mis­sioner on the US Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion mar­kets reg­u­la­tor.

She later switched to bank­ing and be­came the first fe­male di­rec­tor of Bri­tain’s Sa­muel Mon­tagu bank, be­fore mov­ing to Lon­don in 1993 to be­come a di­rec­tor of Ru­pert Mur­doch’s News In­ter­na­tional. She was chair­man of the Pen­sion Pro­tec­tion Fund from 2010 to 2016 and be­came the first fe­male chair­man of the In­sti­tute of Direc­tors (IoD) in 2015.

Lady Judge was the chair­man of the IoD from 2015 un­til 2018, when she was ousted fol­low­ing a row with other bosses amid un­proven al­le­ga­tions of racism and bul­ly­ing. Her sup­port­ers al­ways in­sisted the claims lev­elled at her were un­true.

Her son Lloyd Thomas an­nounced her death on LinkedIn and de­scribed her as an “in­spi­ra­tion”.

Amer­i­can-born Lady Bar­bara Judge spent decades at the peak of the cor­po­rate lad­der in both the US and in Bri­tain

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