Jacqueline Gold

CEO at Ann Summers

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“Years ago, when I first started, there was a different culture – the feelings then were that you keep things close to your chest, and you don’t share. But I totally buy into transparency; I think it’s absolutely vital – it stops people speculating and staff feel that they can trust you; everybody feels part of the family and they feel as one.”

Jacqueline Gold

CEO at Ann Summers

“Don’t shut yourself away in an ivory tower – make sure that your directors get out and meet customers”

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In our interview, Jacqueline tells her incredible story of tenaciously bringing sexy kit out of the back alley and on to the high street. Facing resistance from what was once a male dominated industry that deemed women “uninterested in sex”, Jacqueline’s vision empowered women to take an equal role in the bedroom, as well as in the boardroom of Ann Summers. She shares tales of receiving a bullet in the post prior to opening her Dublin store, the importance of in-store Pleasure Experts, and Apple’s take on the iGasm…! Her down to earth business instinct is an inspiration.

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