Kathryn Jacob

CEO , Pearl & Dean Cinemas Ltd

Kathryn is the CEO of the iconic cinema advertising company, Pearl&Dean. She has extensive media experience across many areas but the lure of popcorn and watching films for a living has lasted for over a decade.

As well as her role at Pearl&Dean, Kathryn is Chair of Trustees at one the UK's leading arts venues, HOME in Manchester. She also sits on the Council and Board of the Advertising Association, the Development Board of RADA and as of August 1st, 2022, becomes President of SAWA, the global trade body for cinema advertising.

One of Kathryn’s key interests in Diversity and Inclusion and she leads the Advertising Association’s All-In initiative that works across the advertising sector to drive a representative workforce. Kathryn has co-authored two books. “The Glass Wall” published in 2016 focused on the career development of women was written with Sue Unerman. In 2020 Sue and Kathryn published a second book together “Belonging: The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work” together with Mark Edwards. Esquire described it as “The most important Book of the year”.