Joanna Griffiths

Joanna Griffiths

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Since launching Knix in 2013, Joanna has built it into one of the fastest-growing intimate brands globally. With a focus on impact work and product innovation, Joanna involves customers every step of the way by listening to product feedback and featuring them in the brand’s campaigns.

In 2013, Knix was one of the first intimates brands to showcase products in all available sizes and to use customers in advertising. In 2020, Knix also was the first intimates brand to feature an entire campaign of women over 50. Joanna has fought for representation in body diversity, paving the way for a needed shift towards inclusivity in the intimates category.

Joanna has been a champion for female entrepreneurship, stressing the importance of supporting female-founded businesses and being vocal about the gendered language and stereotypes that exist around women in business today. She holds multiple patents and helped invent the leakproof underwear category, which is pacing to become a billion dollar category.

Joanna broke the Canadian record for the largest publicly disclosed sale of a private company by a female founder when Swedish health and hygiene giant Essity purchased 80% of Knix, valuing the company at just over half a billion dollars.

Joanna’s long list of accolades includes being named Waterstone’s Most Admired CEO and an AdWeek Women Trailblazer. Recently she was named the national winner for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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