Harrods managing director Michael Ward has been unanimously voted in for a second term as the president of the European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance.
ECCIA was established in 2010 as the European association for the luxury and high-end industries, composed of country organisations Walpole in the UK, Circulo Fortuny in Spain, Comité Colbert in France, Fondazione Altagamma in Italy and Meisterkreis in Germany.
Ward said: “The European share of global luxury sales is 70% and in 2013 it accounted for 4% of EU GDP. The high-end industries provide a vital engine of growth and employment across the European Union; it is a sector that champions and safeguards a set of strong European values such as creativity, craftsmanship and innovation.
“I am thrilled to have been appointed for a second term and I look forwards with confidence to another year of progress in developing the business of the luxury industry.”
Ward is also a member of the board of Walpole.