Chief Operating Officer, Hearst
Claire Blunt is joint CFO and COO at Hearst UK, and is one of the most highly regarded CFOs within the industry. She is a qualified barrister and charteredaccountant with many years’ experience as a Senior Board Executive leading change and driving growth. In addition to her responsibilities for shaping and directing the financial strategy of the business, she also oversees its Editorial and Commercial Operations, Consumer Revenues and Marketing, and Business Development teams. Since joining in 2015 she has been relentless in transforming the operations of the business to support the diversification of revenues and facilitate the changing business landscape.
Claire has been instrumental in designing and delivering innovations such as addressing the Gender Pay Gap by ensuring every employee is guaranteed a pay discussion during annual appraisals as well as taking part in the in-house female mentoring scheme aimed at junior female members within the business. She also oversaw the move to new offices in Leicester Square, investing in technology and implementing sustainable measures, enabling staff to enjoy working in a modern and agile environment.
Previous roles include: Director of Finance at BrightHouse, General Manager and Regional Finance Director for Staples and Chief Financial Officer for Hobbycraft. Claire is a non-executive Board Member of Heart of London Business Alliance and is married with three children.