“As a woman you always need to be true to yourself”
THE HOME IMPROVEMENT BOSS
✢ Véronique Laury, 52, is one of only seven female bosses in the FTSE 100. She’s CEO of Kingfisher plc (best-known in the UK for its B&Q and Screwfix stores). She employs 77,000 people.
Véronique says: “It’s not just about selling power tools and garden furniture. We want customers to have a home they can feel good about. DIY can be a nightmare, especially if you’re short on ideas, money or skills. As a female CEO you always need to be true to yourself and not try to pretend to do things the way a man might. It’s about finding the balance between being tough and being human.”