Sue Knowles (pictured), marketing & admin director of Costco UK, won the company’s ‘Inspiring Woman’ award at its annual conference in Seattle last month.
The award was given to Knowles for her work in developing the wholesaler’s internal association, ‘Journeys’, whose mission is to help women succeed through educational, mentoring and networking opportunities.
Knowles was also praised for her involvement in chairing the UK branch of the LEAD network (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity), which encourages aspiring female leaders in UK retail, FMCG and wholesale to come together at free networking events.
Knowles started her career at Avon Cosmetics as PA to the operations director. Within five years she was senior product manager. She left to join Booker Cash & Carry as PR manager following its acquisition of Linfood, and then joined Costco in 1993 as its UK marketing manager. Knowles was a founder member of the UK start-up team: she was employee number six! Since then, she has remained responsible for all marketing and admin for the company as it has grown to encompass 28 branches.
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