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May 28, 2015

Ex-Travel Firm Head to Donate $4.6 Million of Controversial Bonus

The former CEO of travel company Thomas Cook has pledged some $4.6 million from a pending payout of shares to a charity picked by the parents of two children who died in 2006 on one of the firm's vacation packages, Reuters and the Financial Times report. A spokesperson for Harriet Green, who stepped down from the firm in November, said she would donate one-third of the value of 7 million Thomas Cook shares she is due to receive in July.

Ms. Green and the Britain-based travel firm have come under fire for the lucrative bonus and for their handling of the deaths of Bobby and Christi Shepherd, whom a recent inquest found were killed by carbon-monoxide poisoning at a hotel on the Greek island of Corfu. Thomas Cook has received more in compensation from the hotel than the children's parents and has been criticized in the British media for being slow to apologize to the family.