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Jacqueline Gold CBE, Ann Summers


Jacqueline Gold CBE is Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox and is renowned for managing a business run by women, for women.

She began her career at 21 when she started working for her father’s company, Ann Summers. As she learnt more about the Ann Summers of the 1970s she saw the potential to change the focus of the business and create a business and brand which focused on women.

Jacqueline has made Ann Summers the profitable success it is today through hard work, determination and a belief in a concept that had never been seen before. With no formal business training, Jacqueline ascribes her success to understanding women, good instincts and always listening to her customer.

Jacqueline has received many accolades for her achievements. These include Retail Weeks Most Powerful Woman in Business and Barclays Bank’s Most Inspirational Businesswoman in the UK and numerous awards and accolades from publications including Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Good Housekeeping and in October 2012 Jacqueline was named most Inspirational Celebrity at the Inspirational Women Awards.

In recognition of Jacqueline’s significant achievements during her 35-year career, she was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to Entrepreneurship, Women in Business and Social Enterprise.

Jacqueline has founded WOW Championing Working Women, an organisation that represents the interests of women in the UK who work.  Initially set up to recognise the achievements of, and support, women starting their own businesses through her weekly #WOW Twitter competition, the growth and needs of the network has led Jacqueline to develop the WOW offering.  With a clear objective to use WOW to give a voice to women who work, empower these women and to celebrate their successes, Jacqueline’s vision is that together women across the UK can truly influence and achieve change that allows all women who want to, the opportunity to work. 

As well as a thriving business life, Jacqueline is also wife to Dan Cunningham, mum to six year old daughter Scarlett and a passionate West Ham fan!

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