CO-OPERATIVE Group executive Yvonne Rankin has been honoured for her achievements at the head of some of the UK's best known businesses.
Ms Rankin, Chief Operating Officer (Specialist Retail) for the society, has picked up the "Leading Big Business" award from leading north west business magazine Insider.
Already included in the magazine's `42 under 42` list of rising executives and entrepreneurs in the region, she has overall charge of a number of group businesses, among them the UK's leading funeral director, Co-operative Funeralcare, the country's largest independent travel agent, Travelcare and major independent pharmacy chain, Co-operative Group pharmacy.
In the three years since she took charge of the Group's specialist retail interests, Ms Rankin has introduced a wide-ranging programme of change and improvement to equip them for the future with positive commercial results.
She has also played a key role in the formation of the Co-operative Travel Trading Group and chairs its management board.