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CEO stepping down from British utility Drax

After 12 years heading the company, Dorothy Thompson is leaving British utility Drax. The former coal championing company is headed for a greener future.

Photo: RITZAU/AP/Patrick Pleul

At Dorothy Thompson's farewell party, there will probably be many speeches about the historic significance of her time as the first female CEO of Drax. And the focus will likely not be directed at her gender, but instead that she managed to transition the company from being a major coal consumer to a company largely based on biomass.

Drax, which owns the largest power plant in the UK, has distanced itself dramatically from coal under her leadership and now concentrates on renewable energy.

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