Former Thomas Cook boss donates third of her £5.7m bonus to charity

Under-fire travel firm Thomas Cook said its former chief executive Harriet Green has been awarded a shares bonus worth around £5.7m, but will donate a third to charity after the deaths of two children in Corfu.

Former Thomas Cook boss donates third of her £5.7m bonus to charity

Under-fire travel firm Thomas Cook said its former chief executive Harriet Green has been awarded a shares bonus worth around £5.7m, but will donate a third to charity after the deaths of two children in Corfu.

Ms Green has been handed 4.1 million shares - the bottom end of the range to which she is entitled - after meeting financial targets during her two and a half years at the helm of the group.

She will give around £1.9m to charity after intense scrutiny of the company's response to the deaths of Christi and Bobby Shepherd by carbon monoxide poisoning in 2013.

The charities have been chosen in consultation with the parents of Christi and Bobby, Thomas Cook said.

The group said a “substantial” donation would be made to a carbon monoxide charity to support the work of the recently launched joint initiative with Thomas Cook to fund research into protection from carbon monoxide, limit the risks associated with it and raise general awareness of the related dangers.

The parents of Christi and Bobby have “expressed their satisfaction with this outcome”, added Thomas Cook.

Ms Green’s pay award has attracted controversy although she was not in charge of the group at the time of the tragedy.

Bobby and Christi, aged six and seven, from Horbury, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, died at the Louis Corcyra Beach Hotel on the Greek holiday island in 2006 when they were overcome by fumes from a faulty boiler.

An inquest in May ruled that the children had been unlawfully killed and concluded that travel firm Thomas Cook breached its duty of care to the family.

Peter Fankhauser, who succeeded Ms Green as chief executive of Thomas Cook last November, has admitted the travel giant failed in its handling of the tragedy and pledged to help the children’s parents move on with their lives.

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