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Walpole welcomes two new board members

Harrods’ managing director Michael Ward and Thomas Pink’s chief executive Jonathan Heilbron have joined the board of luxury association Walpole.

Walpole represents 175 British luxury brands including Burberry, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo, having opened its doors to 26 new members in the past 18 months. Selfridges, Alexander McQueen and Jo Malone are among those to have joined recently.

Ward has been managing director of Harrods since 2005, developing the high end department store and overseeing the transitory period when Qatar Holdings became its new owners.

Heilbron has been at Thomas Pink since 1997, when he joined as finance director before becoming president and chief executive in 2004.

Prior to joining the board, both men have been long-time supporters of Walpole, working as mentors for Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow scheme, speaking at seminars and workshops and judging at the Walpole Awards for Excellence.

Ben Hughes, chairman of Walpole, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Michael Ward and Jonathan Heilbron to the board. They both have extensive experience in the luxury and corporate sectors and are hugely valuable additions to the board.”

Walpole has also created a new advisory council, offering senior level advice and support. Former Walpole chairman Sir David Bell been appointed president of the new advisory council. Other advisers will include Guy Salter and Sarah Elton.

Hughes added: “We believe that the new board members and the newly formed advisory council will be instrumental in driving Walpole forward and taking it to its next stage of growth.”

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