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91. Kate Bostock, former chief executive, Coast

Kate Bostock, former Coast CEO

Position last year: 77

Bostock has had a challenging couple of years leading the turnaround of Coast, which culminated in her stepping down as CEO in October.

She joined as chief executive in 2013, and for the full year to March 3, 2014, Coast made an operating loss of £6.2m on sales of £79.5m. At the time Bostock said its turnaround plan would take at least 12-18 more months to deliver. Since then, she has worked hard to sort out its overstock issues, reduce its costs, unpick it from parent company Aurora Fashion and improve trading, particularly in stores.

On stepping down from the chief executive role she handed over the reins to Andrew Skinner, who was promoted from merchandising director to managing director as part of the restructure in April. However, she continues to work for the business as a consultant, focused on product and customer relationships. “I feel like we have delivered a turnaround,” Bostock said when she stepped down – but the proof will be in its next set of full year results, due to be filed in early 2016.

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