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Walpole appoints Ben Hughes as chairman

Walpole, the luxury brands trade body that represents labels including Burberry, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo, has appointed Ben Hughes as chairman, replacing Sir David Bell who will retire after six years in the role.

Ben Hughes, who has been on the Walpole board since 2010, will take on the role from September. Hughes is global commercial director and deputy chief executive officer of the Financial Times.

Walpole chief executive officer Julia Carrick said she was hugely greatful for Bell’s work at Walpole over the years. “He has been a real asset, helping grow the organization and providing valuable advice and guidance to the board,” she said.

Carrick added: “Ben brings a wealth of corporate and international experience which will be invaluable in helping us to build on Walpole’s success and guiding it through its next stage of growth”.

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