The Women in Sales Awards is designed to find the most exemplary women in sales across Europe. Here is the list of winners form 2015.
Anita Kirilova, Agency Director MetLife Europe Limited, Bulgaria – Best Sales Director
Anita has more than 20 years of experience in sales as well as 17 years in a management position. Throughout her career she has been involved in selling everything from toothbrushes to perfumery to life insurance.
In her current role with MetLife, Anita manages a large team of 150 salespeople where her main activities are recruitment, selection, development and training as well as participating in the entire process of the direct sales channel.
Bev Wright, Client Director – O2 UK, Best Woman Sales Manager
Winner of the Best Woman Sales Manager, Bev has worked in IT sales for the last 15 years, and for the last 5 years working for 02’s Business Directorate, responsible for large public sector accounts. Bev looks after a team of Client Managers running top accounts in the company.
"When I found out I was nominated for ‘Best Sales Manager’ in the WIS Awards I felt proud, honoured and a sense of achievement, not just for me, but for my team. O2 has genuinely been the best company I have worked for in my career and for me the recognition is incredibly rewarding. To then find out that I had been shortlisted to finalist was fantastic – I was absolutely delighted!"
Candice Eves, Business Development Director, Sodexo – Best woman in Field Sales
Since leaving University in 2001, Candice has enjoyed a varied sales career – when she joined the team in Sodexo as the Business Development Director in 2014 – her most senior position to date. However, in the last 19 months, Candice has secured many achievements such as 100% retention, 2:1 conversion rate as well as landing a £3.5 million in new business.
Candice says "I remember finding out I was a finalist when in the middle of a review with the Head of Business Development for Sodexo UK & Ireland who had been instrumental in my appointment. I felt incredibly excited to have been shortlisted and proud to be representing Sodexo".
Sarah Edge, Account Director, Sony Mobile Communications - Best woman in Technology Sales
Sarah has made the transition into sales in 2013 and enjoys being at the frontline of the Sony business. She was nominated for the award by her HR division and is currently studying for a Masters in Sales Transformation. Sarah says, "I hadn’t heard of the awards but after spending some time reading up about the organisation, I was very supportive with the objective of raising the profile of sales and making this a more attractive carer choice for women."
Emma Marriott, Account Executive, Lincoln West – Best Woman in Telephone Sales
This is the second year that Emma has won Best Woman in Telephone Sales for her hard work and dedication while project managing the annual National Sales Conference at the Ricoh Arena.
"My advice to other women looking to take part is get nominating! The Women in Sales Awards is a great way to show recognition and improve confidence. The whole process teaches you so much about yourself and your capabilities, it would be a missed opportunity if didn’t take part’’ says Emma.
Caroline Porteus, Enterprise Sales Manager, Adobe – Best Woman in Software Sales
Caroline believes that the more you give and more you promote an inclusive culture the more you get back. Caroline is a mentor where she talks about combining women’s art of intuition with sales science to ensure success of project – 'I believe in order to win, you must plan to win!" says Caroline.
"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to be recognised as a leading Woman in Sales and for my contributions in an aggressive, fast-paced, technology driven, male dominated Software Sales Industry".
Louise Davies, Lead Account Director, Thomson Reuters UK – Best Woman in Financial Sales & the most Distinguished Sales Woman of 2015.
Louise is responsible for Thomson Reuters relationship in the UK with two of the world’s largest banks where she works closely with current customers, ensuring they received the best customer service as well as spotting new opportunities for growth. She is also a mentor and is also a member of Women@Thomsonreuters, Women On Board where she often attends networking and industry events.
Louise says "I would advice other women to really embrace the opportunity if they are nominated for WISA. The nomination itself is a huge achievement and something that should be celebrated.’’
Amy Lawson, Account Executive, PepsiCo - Best Woman Sales Newcomer
After graduating from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, she took part in the Accelerated Career Programme and has been with the company for two years, currently an Account Executive in the Travel & Forecourts team.
Not traditionally from the sales background but believes her marketing background has given her a unique and creative perspective on sales opportunities.
Amy talks about her nomination "When preparing for judging day I found that being nominated allowed me the opportunity to stop and really reflect about my time in sales so far. Presenting my achievements isn’t something that comes naturally to me – so knowing that my peers had nominated me, really gave me confidence.’’
Jessica Pleiner, Key Account Director strategic services, Verizon Germany – Best Woman in Professional Services Sales.
Jessica’s has worked for the company since 2007 and her current responsibilities are sales of data and cloud computing, professional services and security solutions.
Jessica talks about judging day ‘The judging day for the Women in Sales Awards was such a great day! I can’t find the right words to express my emotions. I liked it very much and I am so proud of being part of it!’’
Eloise Hammond – Business Development Manager, MetLife – Best Woman in Insurance Sales
Eloise says, "As the judging day approached, the nerves started to kick in. I realised how much I truly wanted to win this award. Not only for myself, but I really wanted to make MetLife and my family proud!’
Miren Aranguiz, Key Account Manager, Strategic Accounts, Schibsted (Spain) – Best Woman in Advertising Sales.
Miren thinks it's important to be proud of the company you work for as well as part of a team which enhances peoples lives.
"When we arrived in London, we were all really excited and nervous about the day and I have to say that it has been an incredible experience. We spent a really interesting working day, sharing experiences and following the panel discussions. We shared impressions about selling like a lifestyle more than a job and the relevance to make the difference, help others and take risks. Our challenge is to create a sales career.’’
Julia MacNeil-Stevens Business Sales Manager London, Virgin Media Business - Extremely Highly Commended
"During the Judging day I was overwhelmed with the experience – the level of detail, the knowledge of the judges, the caliber of the finalists, the energy and passion all contributed in making this an inspirations, rewarding and highly motivating day.’'