BRITAIN’S longest serving female manager has celebrated her 38th year with the Bromsgrove branch of supermarket giant, Asda.
Karen Dean, who joined ASDA in 1977 at the age of 16, is not just the supermarket’s longest serving employee, but the UK’s longest serving female in a managerial position.
The married mum, who has a son, aged 24, and a 16-year-old daughter, said: “Asda provided me with the necessary support to balance motherhood with a busy career.”
Asda’s senior vice president, Hayley Tatum said: “It’s important for women to enhance their skills in order to develop their careers and Karen is a prime example of someone who has done just that.”
“Women can still face barriers in business, but by supporting our female colleagues we hope to overcome inequality and inspire others to build their careers as successfully as Karen has.”
Karen began her career as an office clerk, managing the filing system at the old Telford store before going on to work at seven different Asda stores across the West Midlands.
She excelled for six years as area manager before stepping into her role as store manager in Bromsgrove two years ago.
She said: “Although I loved being an area manager, it’s great to be back in store. For me it’s the people that make my job so enjoyable.
“Bromsgrove is a lovely area with a fantastic sense of community, so I’ve really gotten to know the friendly faces that visit our store every week.
“Asda has supported me throughout my career by providing me with opportunities to grow and develop my skills.
“In turn, I get a great sense of pride in watching our younger colleagues rise through the ranks,” she added.