Is business a man’s world? Not for Karen Hubbard, CEO of Card Factory

Published: 15/05/2018

Karen Hubbard, successful businesswoman and CEO of retail giant Card Factory, has launched York St John University’s ‘The Business Of…’ series of public talks.

Hosted by York Business School, the series features leading figures from the business world. Karen was joined by Jon Hammond Booth, former BBC presenter and Governor of York St John who said:

“York Business School at York St John University is building its reputation for hosting debate and discussion about some of the biggest issues in the workplace today. We are delighted that Karen Hubbard has agreed to be the first name leading our new ‘The Business Of…’ series, which will share insight and inspiration from senior figures in the commercial world.

“With the High Street going through major changes and challenges right now, this is a great opportunity to hear from one of its leading figureheads. Never one to shy away from the tough issues facing women and modern business - this is a great opportunity for people to learn from Karen’s experience”

Mr Hammond Booth spoke to the Yorkshire-based CEO in what was an inspirational Q&A session. Karen answered questions from the audience about her rise to the top of her profession – and the trials and obstacles she overcame along the way. Ms Hubbard was also more than happy to discuss and dispel the myths that only men can be really successful in business, a sector still perceived to be very male-dominated.

Karen Hubbard was appointed CEO of Card Factory in 2016. She has over 25 years’ experience in retail with a broad range of international companies – including 18 years in senior roles at BP retail. After BP Karen served on the executive board at ASDA, where she led the hugely successful Netto acquisition which saw the supermarket increase their small store portfolio by occupying the Netto properties.

The ‘Business Of…’ series of free events are an ideal opportunity for the region’s business community, business students, budding entrepreneurs – or anyone interested in boosting their business know-how, to find out more about their area of interest. For more information about this and other events at York St John, visit the events page.

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