Shirlinia Jacobs

General manager: Channel sales

Shirlinia began her career at the then Barclays Bank in 1986 as a banking administrator and has worked her way to a GM role at Tarsus Distribution (a position she has held since March 2014). 

Shirlinia is a believer in lifelong learning. She has an impressive array of certificates and qualifications, notably completing her MBA in 2008. 

Shirlinia’s role at Tarsus is to devise and execute commercial, operational and business growth strategies. These are designed to create long-term value and to align with the company’s vision, mission, values and objectives. She is a people’s person, a team player, a networker and a cheerleader, which all explain her passion for ensuring that regional branch managers motivate their sales teams to close deals and lead the market. 

 She is a fan of Facebook’s Chief Operations Officer, Sheryl Sandberg. In particular, Sandberg’s groundbreaking ideas around gender equality in the workplace inspire Shirlinia to advocate for women to be promoted to executive positions.

Like Sandberg’s mantra – “Lean In”, Shirlinia believes in not only developing women to lead, but in giving them the support and the tools they need to lead effectively. 

Shirlinia enjoys cooking, readingdancing and travelling, and is famous for her delicious and creative home-cooked meals. 


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