Jacqueline Gold, Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, is one of Britain's most charismatic and successful businesswomen and an inspiration to thousands of women.
At the age of 19, after joining Ann Summers for work experience, Jacqueline saw the potential of selling sexy lingerie and sex toys to women in the privacy of their own homes. Working her way through the ranks of Ann Summers Jacqueline was made Chief Executive in 1987, and quickly transformed Ann Summers into a multi-million pound concern. Ann Summers now boasts a sales force of over 7,500 women as party organisers, has 136 high street stores in the UK, Ireland, and Channel Islands and one in Spain, and an annual turnover of £155 million. Whilst the takeover of Knickerbox has meant Knickerbox concessions in every Ann Summers store.
Jacqueline has been voted "The Second Most Powerful Woman in Retail" by Retail Week, "The Most Inspirational Businesswoman in the UK" in a survey by Barclays Bank and handbag.com, "One of Britain's Business Icons" in a survey by Everywoman and Nat West Bank, "One of Britain's Top Businesswomen" by many publications including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Woman and Good Housekeeping magazines, "One of Britain's 100 Most Influential Women" by the Daily Mail, "Business Communicator of the Year 2004" by the British Association of Communicators in Business, and was made a new entry in both Debrett's 'People of Today' 2005 for her contribution to British society and in Who's Who 2008. She heads an empire that is run by women, for women.
To add to Jacqueline's awards, in May this year she was nominated for The Credit Suisse Award for the Outstanding Woman in Business in the 2008 National Business Awards. The results will be announced at an awards ceremony in November.
Jacqueline has used her position as a high-profile businesswoman to support and promote the charities closest to her heart. They include being a patron of Breast Cancer Care, NAPAC, as well as having close links with the Retail Trust.
She is a columnist for Retail Week, New Business, Kent Business and Women Mean Business Magazine.
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