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Harrods boss enters second term as head of European luxury association

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. 

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