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

On 24 May, Karen Hubbard, successful businesswoman and CEO of retail giant Card Factory, is launching 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 will be joined by Jon Hammond Booth, former BBC presenter and Governor of York St John who says:


“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 will interview the Yorkshire-based CEO during what promises to be an inspirational Q&A session. Attendees will be able to ask Karen about her rise to the top of her profession – and the trials and obstacles she overcame along the way. Ms Hubbard will also 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 event is 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 in this not to be missed Q&A session. ‘Business – a Man’s World?’ is a free event in the De Grey Lecture at York St John University from 6.15 – 8.15pm on Thursday 24 May. To book your place, call the Events team on 01904 876654.