Penny Hughes CBE (born 1959) is a British businesswoman.
Hughes was educated at Birkenhead High School. While at the school she represented the county at hockey and lacrosse. She was awarded a first-class degree in chemistry from The University of Sheffield. She joined Procter & Gamble, as a technologist, then moved to the sales and marketing department. She was then recruited by the Milk Marketing Board, and later joined Coca-Cola as a brand manager. By 1989, having successfully overseen the merger of the bottling interests of Coca-Cola UK and Schweppes, she was appointed Commercial Director. In 1993, at the age of 33 she became president of the UK and Ireland businesses of Coca-Cola. She left Coca-Cola in 1995.
She has been a director of the Bodyshop, GAP, Trinity Mirror, Next, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Vodafone and Reuters She has been a non-executive directorship with Royal Bank of Scotland Group since 1 January 2010, and a member of the Board’s Remuneration Committee. She is a non-executive director of Morrisons, Cable & Wireless and Home Retail Group. She is also a trustee of the British Museum and president of the Advertising Association.
She has two sons.
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