Jacqueline Gold CBE was the proud winner of Retail Week’s first ever Retail Activist Award last night at the annual Retail Week Awards 2019.
The Ann Summers CEO was nominated for the prestigious honour alongside some of the industries most prominent moguls including; Steve Murrells (CEO of Co-op), Richard Walker (MD of Iceland), Dave Lewis (CEO of Tesco), (James Timpson (CEO of Timpson) and Alannah Weston (Deputy Chairman of Selfridges Group).
Jacqueline Gold CBE said of her win: “It means so much to be recognised for something I feel so passionate about because all I have ever wanted to do is empower women. I want my daughter Scarlett and all girls to grow up with exactly the same opportunities as a man and to live in a world where gender equality is so prevalent that It is not even a topic that’s discussed. I am proud to work in an industry that values diversity in the workplace and helps inspire future generations every day.”
The award itself is given to an individual who has personally championed a cause or led a campaign, driving change in their business and setting an example that inspires others to follow their lead. Something which perfectly describes Jacqueline’s work over the years in her fight to empower women.
She was picked as the winner by a panel of her fellow CEOs and business moguls; including Nick Beighton (CEO of ASOS), Jill Easterbrook (CEO of Boden), John Rogers (CEO of Sainsbury’s Argos) and Mary Horner (CEO of The White Company) among others.
Jacqueline has been the CEO of the high street lingerie giant since 1987, as well as CEO of Gold Group International and Knickerbox, and has strived to empower women throughout her career.
For 24 years, the Retail Week Awards have been a symbol of excellence for the retail sector. They provide a platform for industry-wide recognition and celebration from boardroom leaders to digital stars and store managers.