Beaverbrooks chief executive officer Anna Blackburn has been named as one of the most influential women in the North West business community.
Blackburn was named as one of 113 businesswomen in the inaugural Women of Influence list, compiled by leading business publication North West Business Insider, for ‘professional achievements, leadership skills and community service’.
Blackburn, the jeweller’s first female chief executive officer and the first outside of the owning Adlestone family, was appointed to the role in 2013.
She said: “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 initially joined Beaverbrooks’ sales team before quickly progressing into management, being appointed head of operations in 2008 and then head of retail in 2012.