Graham Howe is the co-founding director of Orange, having joined with Hans Snook in 1992 to plan the strategy that led to the launch of Orange in April 1994. Initially as Chief Financial Officer, Graham led Orange's debut flotation in March 1996 and in June 1996, Orange became the youngest company ever to enter the FTSE 100, with Graham as the youngest ever FTSE 100 Finance Director.
In February 2000 Graham floated Orange for a second time but this time the enlarged Orange was listed on the Paris and London Stock markets, following the acquisition of Orange by France Telecom. As Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, Graham saw Orange become Europe's second largest operator as well as overtaking Vodafone as the UK's largest mobile operator.
After a fantastic eleven years at Orange, Graham decided to embark on new challenges and has since joined the board of Cable & Wireless plc as senior independent director.
Graham is 43 years old. He is married to Jane and has three children; Thomas, Jack, and George.
This is the third charity challenge that Graham has lead or organised. The first was a Coast to Coast cycle ride in 2002 which raised around £150k for the National Children's Home. Last year he teamed up with four friends in a Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride raising £40k for the Royal National Institute for the Blind & the British Deaf Association and this year it is the New York Marathon in aid of the British Red Cross Caribbean Recovery Appeal.
His wife Jane who is a keen runner was the inspiration behind this year's event. Graham is yet to be convinced that it was a good idea!!