Jennifer Knight, New York & South Florida
Jennifer Knight brings to Newport over 10 years of C-level experience. She has demonstrated an ability to take strategy from conception to execution, achieving excellent results in two of Newport's target segments—family business and private equity-owned companies.
Jennifer has been the CEO of several companies in the textile industry. Under her leadership, a family business achieved significant growth in revenues and profit margins and completed a successful sale to two private equity firms, who brought her back in to run the company. Having successfully refinanced the company's long-term debt and achieved substantial cost savings, she secured financing from the Government of El Salvador for a start-up there.
Jennifer then led a deal to merge the company with its largest competitor and was retained to run the combined companies. She then managed an executive team that oversaw a 450 person operation in four locations in the U.S. and Central America. She has extensive experience in Latin America and China across sales, sourcing, and manufacturing functions.
Jennifer is also Founder and President of Universal Design Products, an online publisher and retailer that curates a selection of home-related products designed to be accessible and usable regardless of age.