Christine Ourmieres-Widener – CEO of Flybe – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Christine Ourmieres-Widener – CEO of Flybe – 100 Most Influential Women 2018

Biggest professional achievement to date

The day one of my former companies was running out of cash and I signed a deal, one hour away from the deadline.


Most profound/life-changing, business moment

Securing my first job in a foreign country: General Manager UK and Ireland for Air France KLM.


Best life advice ever received

Well behaved women seldom make history.


Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni

Work hard and be proud to be a woman.


Which book has had the greatest influence on your life

Republic by Plato and specifically Allegory of the Cave; it was my first discovery of philosophy when I was studying Ancient Greek. Education is everything, with willingness to change.

 If you could make one change to the world

Provide basic education to all children in the world; same for girls and boys.


What does 2018 hold for you?

Second year as CEO of Flybe with a great team and a good business plan.


Heartfelt belief

Do the right thing. Always.


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”

Video From The Celebration




100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter falls in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists will also be featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by pre-ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March so watch our Facebook page or the website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the finalists, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’ – AVAILABLE NOW!





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