Walpole, the trade body that represents luxury brands including Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Mulberry, has appointed Harrods managing director Michael Ward as chairman.
Ward, who has worked at the Knightsbridge department store since 2005, has been a Walpole board director since November 2012.
From 2014 to 2016 he also represented Walpole members as president of the European creative and cultural industries alliance.
He replaces Financial Times deputy chief executive Ben Hughes, who has stepped down as chairman of Walpole after four years.
Commenting on his appointment, Ward said he will focus on working alongside Walpole chief executive Michelle Emmerson to “fulfill our mission to promote, protect and develop the British luxury industry both at home and overseas”.
Hughes added: “I’m very proud of all the results that have been achieved at Walpole which is now well positioned to support the development and growth of Britain’s luxury brands.”