British luxury industry organisation appoints FT’s deputy CEO to role.

Walpole, the not-for-profit organisation that represents the British luxury industry has appointed a new chairman after Sir David Bell announced his retirement yesterday, after six years in the role.

Ben Hughes, the current global commercial director and deputy chief executive of the Financial Times has been appointed to take over as chairman in Septmber, following a vote by the Walpole board of directors.


Hughes has been on the Walpole board since 2010 and joined the FT in 1983.

Julia Carrick, chief executive of Walpole said: “I would like to thank Sir David for the contribution he has made to Walpole over the last 20 years and as our Chairman since his appointment in 2007.

“He has been a real asset, helping grow the organization and providing valuable advice and guidance to the board, we are hugely grateful to him and wish him the very best.”

Carrick said that Walpole was “absolutely delighted” to welcome Hughes as the new chairman, describing his corporate and international experience as an invaluable asset as Walpole moves into its next stage of growth.

Hughes said: “I am delighted and honoured to become chair of Walpole at this crucial time in the group’s development and as we move into an exciting new phase of international expansion."

His first role was as sales and marketing manager for the FT in France, based in the Paris office.