Beaverbrooks the Jeweller’s chief executive officer, Anna Blackburn, has been recognised as one of the most influential women in the North West business community.
Blackburn, who is the first female chief executive in Beaverbrooks’ history and the first non-family member to be appointed to the role in 2013, is one of 113 businesswomen to be honoured for their professional achievements, leadership skills and community service.
The inaugural ‘Women of Influence’ list, compiled by the North West Business Insider, recognises the region’s most influential female leaders who act as ambassadors and role models.
Blackburn commented: “To feature on such a prestigious list of leading female executives is a real honour. After being with Beaverbrooks for 17 years and dedicating my career to the business, I’m thrilled to be recognised for doing something I love.
“Women play a vital role in the wider business community and it’s great to see successful females recognised and celebrated, as it will inspire and empower others.”
Blackburn joined Beaverbrooks as part of the sales team and quickly progressed to management. In 2008 Anna was appointed head of operations and was promoted to head of retail in 2012. Her success has been founded upon her in-depth understanding of the business, her passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences and a clear alignment to Beaverbrooks’ core business values.
With a portfolio of 67 stores throughout the UK, working closely with chairman Mark Adlestone, she has steered the company through several milestones, including Beaverbrooks’ 95th anniversary and the company’s frequent high-ranking appearance in The Sunday Times’ annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.