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