Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox, Jacqueline Gold is one of Britain’s 100 Most Influential Women and second Most Powerful Woman in Retail. An admired keynote speaker, she shares her Knickerbox secrets and explains how to stay on top, motivate your workforce and know what turns your customers on. Her empire is run by women, for women.
As one of the UK’s most successful and high profile entrepreneurs, Jacqueline Gold turned Ann Summers and Knickerbox into high street giants.
One of the most lauded female businesswomen that the UK has produced, Jacqueline has garnered awards from varied and wide sectors, including Retail Weeks Most Powerful Woman in Business, and Barclays Bank Most Inspirational Businesswoman in the Uk.
One of Jacqueline’s proudest achievements was her entry in Debrett's 'People of Today' for her contribution to British society.
From a work experience stint as a teenager, to Ann Summers Chief Executive in 1987, Jacqueline’s vision of selling sex toys and lingerie to women in the privacy of their own homes, turned the struggling company around, and transformed the proposition into a multi-million pound thriving business.
In 2000 the empire grew further with the takeover of Knickerbox.
Ann Summers is a truly multi-channel retailer, with 138 UK and Ireland stores, 7000 party planners, a great online presence, and wholesale partnerships with ASOS and House of Fraser.
Her autobiography Good Vibrations, and her second book A Woman's Courage, enabled her to share her wisdom and experience with women all over the UK who look to her for inspiration and advice.
She has featured on many TV documentaries including Back to the Floor for BBC2 and Ann Summers Uncovered for ITV1
She is VP of The Children’s Trust, and Jacqueline’s appearance on the celebrity version of The Apprentice helped raise more than £750,000 for Sport Relief.
A keen supporter of women in business, Jacqueline runs a twitter campaign called #WOW to encourage and promote women who run their own businesses.
Her speaking topics include
- Women in business