Mary Jo Jacobi was appointed Non-Executive Director in December 2013. Ms Jacobi has extensive experience at senior levels in the energy, financial services and public sectors in the UK and USA. She is also an established brand advisor with extensive communications and public affairs experience. Previously Ms Jacobi was a Senior Executive of Royal Dutch Shell plc, BP America Inc., Lehman Brothers Inc., HSBC Holdings plc and Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. She was a Non-Executive Director of Tate & Lyle plc between 1999 and 2004.
She is currently the Managing Director of her own consultancy practice and a Non-Executive Director of Mulvaney Capital Management. She is a Senior Associate of The Leadership Council and holds several advisory and consultancy roles in the not for profit sector.
Ms Jacobi holds dual United States and British citizenship. She was appointed Assistant US Secretary of Commerce by President George H. W. Bush and had earlier served as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and as a Member of President Reagan’s Advisory Committee on Trade Negotiations. She was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in June 2012 and was formerly a British Civil Service Commissioner. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. Mary Jo will mentor the Best Woman Sales Director Winner.
Completing her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Aberystwyth, UK in 1982, Jane Griffiths has worked her way up the Johnson & Johnson career ladder, starting as a sales representative. The straight-talking Brit is now the first female Company Group Chairman of Janssen in EMEA, the pharmaceutical division of the Johnson & Johnson family.
She is responsible for this business across the entire region. Her personal approach focuses on sustainability, accountability, openness and collaboration, and she is leading Janssen EMEA to live these values.
Jane has held a number of senior sales, marketing and R&D positions including International VP for Western Europe and South Africa, and Head of Market Access for Janssen EMEA. As a senior female executive, Jane acknowledges the tension between family and work. She is a sponsor for the Women’s Leadership Initiative in Janssen and a Senior Advisory Board member of the EMEA Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA). Other industry roles include Chairwoman of the EFPIA Executive Committee and member of the EFPIA Board.
A passionate conservationist, Jane is the founding chair and Executive Sponsor of the Janssen Global Citizenship and Sustainability Council. Jane is also Chair of the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust in EMEA and a Board member. Jane will mentor the Best Woman Sales Manager winner.
Mary Whenman Managing Director, Corporate, Financial & Public Affairs Weber Shandwick
Mary has more than 20 years’ experience of leading UK, EMEA and global corporate communications and b2b programmes and advising clients at a strategic level. Mary’s core areas of expertise are corporate reputation management, issues and crisis management and b2b marketing, spanning a wide range of sectors.
Mary has spent much of her career handling complex communications issues and advising companies during periods of major corporate change, including crisis, turnaround, joint ventures, rebranding, repositioning, restructuring and closure.
Mary’s passion lies in managing corporate reputation for consumer brands. Some major clients have included BP, British Steel/Corus plc (now Tata Steel), Butlins, Cadbury, Carphone Warehouse, De Beers, DHL, Hilton Worldwide, Kelly Services, Nabucco Gas Pipeline, Orange, Samsung Europe, The Times CEO Summit & Western Union.
Mary learnt her skills at five of the industry’s leading international consultancies: Hill & Knowlton, Weber Shandwick (Paragon Communications), Euro RSCG Biss Lancaster, Fleishman-Hillard and Grayling. In 1996 she was runner-up in the PR Week Young Achiever award and her campaign. ‘After the Baby Boomers’ for Odgers Berndtson has been shortlisted for a PR Week Award in 2013. Mary has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Bournemouth University, the Dip (CIM) and Dip (MRS). Mary will mentor the Best Woman In Consumer Sales winner.
Heather Jackson is Chief Executive and Founder of An Inspirational Journey, an organisation which works to address the imbalance of talent that exists at the top of corporate Britain to ensure that the best talent can lead regardless of gender, sector or region.
An Inspirational Journey works in partnership with The Royal Bank of Scotland and currently reaches out to over 5,000 women from over 150 globally recognised companies. It comprises three major initiatives: The Pearls Programme seeks to FIX the leaking pipeline of female talent by providing career support and direction for women in middle through to executive management through a programme of events, networking and on-line resources; The Two Percent Club is a national organisation of senior women which DRIVES forward and positively inuences the issue of the under-representation of women at the top of UK business and; The Women’s Business Forum CHALLENGES thinking and is the world’s rst annual gender balanced leadership conference which provides a global platform for innovative debate and the delivery of progressive and achievable talent management solutions.
Heather is an active advocate in the media and acts as an advisory consultant to the government on issues surrounding women in business. She is a regular contributor to regional and national media on the subject including CNN, BBC, Sky and the BBC 2 Documentary, "Hilary Devey’s Women at The Top".
With a teenage daughter and son, Heather drives forward this business issue with the aim of ensuring not only her children, but the next generations of men and women will be able to have choice and control of how, when and where they take their careers - regardless of gender. In her spare time, Heather has two personal passions, running and art. She is a Trustee of ‘The Tetley’, a new centre for contemporary art which opens in late 2013. Heather will mentor the Best Woman In Financial Sales winner.
Aileen Allkins is the leader responsible for HP's Software Support organisation and its credo of "Exceed Expectations", a vision she developed over a career dedicated to IT support. Prior to HP, she held global leadership roles at Onyx Software and Peregrine, living in both the US and Europe. Her 25-year IT support career has seen the tools of IT support evolve from 5.25in DOS boot disks to high-speed broadband and community-based issues resolution.
Now leading a team of 1300 HP software support professionals, her goal is to eliminate corporate waste from misunderstood, unused or under-used software. Under her leadership, HP’s global support organisation aims to deliver consistently excellent support for HP customers, ultimately building support into a competitive differentiator for HP Software. Aileen will mentor the Best Woman In IT Sales winner.
Helen is responsible for driving the overall strategy and go-to-market plan for GFT within the UK and leading and engaging with the UK Financial Service sector to create customer awareness of the GFT’s solutions and services and identifying new business customers and partners.
Helen will mentor the Best Woman In Telephone Sales winner.