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Thomas Cook boss: 'We were close to doomsday'

Harriet Green, group chief executive officer of the world's oldest travel company, Thomas Cook, has said the agency was in bad shape before she started to work there.

Ms Green said a series of bad decisions meant the company "had to work very very fast because Thomas Cook was getting close to this big wall of debt... and doomsday."

"Our customers and consumers were confused," she said.

She told the Today programme's business presenter, Simon Jack, that she had turned Thomas Cook around by "instilling belief" in the business.

The company needed to get to get consumers and lenders "all interested in a future with Thomas Cook," she added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 4 October 2013.