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Kate Swann, British publishing executive. Named one of 50 Most Powerful International Women in Business, Fortune magazine, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009; named to International Power 50, Forbes magazine, 2008.


Swann, Kate was born on December 21, 1964. Daughter of Ian and Sheila Prior.


Born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, Swann graduated from the University of Bradford in 1986 with a BSc in Business Management.


And until July 2013, was the Chief Executive of WH Smith. She is now the Chief Executive of SSP\r\nShe was ranked number 21 in the Financial Times Women in Business, Europe's top 25, in 2006. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford in July 2007.

Swann was made Chief Executive of food & beverage operator SSP Group in September 2013, having been CEO of WH Smith since November 2003. She previously held positions with Tesco Plc as a graduate trainee in 1989, Homepride Foods, Coca-Cola Schweppes and Dixons Stores Group. She then worked for Homebase, ultimately as Managing Director, and in 2000 was made Managing Director of Argos.

In 2006 Fortune listed her as one of the 50 most powerful women in business. In April 2015, Swann was announced as the new chancellor of the University of Bradford. Observer April 2004\r\nIndependent April 2004\r\nGetting a £2.6m golden hello in 2004\r\nWH Smith boss bows out on strong profits, The Daily Telegraph, 12 Apr 2013.


Married Michael Swann, 1987.

Ian Prior

Sheila Prior

Michael Swann