Beaverbrooks CEO, Anna Blackburn, has become the second ever non-family member to be promoted to the board of the company, taking on the new role of managing director.
Blackburn joined the 99-year-old family jewellers as a graduate trainee in 1998, and after working her way up within the business, accepted the role of chief executive officer in 2013.
She was the first female CEO and the first female non-family member to take up the role.
Under Blackburn’s leadership, the Lytham St Anne’s-based company has just had the three most profitable years in its history.
The business has also featured in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list for 15 consecutive years.
Mark Adlestone, chairman at Beaverbrooks, said: “Anna has steered the company through several key milestones and this promotion is a real reflection of everything Anna is doing – I’m thrilled for her.
“Anna has brought accountability, teamwork and really brought people together and her very fair and open style of management is what makes her liked and well respected throughout the business.”
Blackburn said: “It has been my great privilege to be a part of the Beaverbrooks Family for 20 wonderful years and as we approach our centenary in 2019, I’m excited for the future of Beaverbrooks.”