Finalists for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award have been announced. In its 42nd year, the awards are widely regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of female entrepreneurs and business leaders.
The finalists are, in alphabetical order by surname:
- Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK
- Harriet Green, CEO, Thomas Cook
- Jane Shepherdson, CEO, Whistles
All finalists selected by the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award judging panel demonstrated the strongest evidence of satisfying all nomination criteria. Notable achievements include Karen Blackett’s leading approach to opening new routes for talent into the media industry via MediaCom’s apprenticeship scheme, Harriet Green’s ongoing transformation of Thomas Cook putting customers back at the heart of the business and developing a compelling digital strategy, and Jane Shepherdson’s stewardship of Whistles, making it an international brand as well as creating a strong online presence.
The finalists are:
- Jenny Dawson, Founder, Rubies in the Rubble
- Melissa Morris, Founder & CEO, Network Locum
- Sharmadean Reid, Founder, WAH Nails
Mirroring the early years of Madame Clicquot, who at 27, took over the House of Veuve Clicquot, the winner of this award demonstrates a fearless approach to optimising a gap in today’s market and to bring an innovative offer and approach to business.
Christina Jesaitis, Senior Brand Manager, Veuve Clicquot commented:
“We have a very strong line up across both categories, which really reflects where the issue of women in business is today. It is important that these women are celebrated not least because of their achievements, but also as a catalyst to inspire future generations of female entrepreneurs and CEOs. Madame Clicquot was one of the world’s first female entrepreneurs and even in the 19th century, demonstrated tremendous business acumen, innovation and desire to succeed. It is fantastic to see that all of our nominees exhibit these same values over one hundred years later.”
For background information on the Award and in order to nominate please go to: http://veuveclicquotaward.com/nominatenow/