Ball takes over as chairman of FWD

Costco’s UK chief Francis Ball was unanimously elected chairman of the FWD at its annual general meeting last week.

Ball is vice president of Costco Wholesale Corporation and managing director of Costco Wholesale UK. Costco has been a member of FWD since 1999 and Ball became its representative on the FWD Council in September 2003.

FWD director general John Murphy said: “We are delighted that Francis has agreed to lead the Federation and I look forward to working with him. He is a highly respected business leader in our industry who brings an international perspective to our table. He will be a most able advocate for the wholesale cause.”

Ball takes over from Today’s managing director Rodney Hunt, who was the first FWD chairman to serve two consecutive two-year terms of office.

At the AGM council members expressed their appreciation for the energy and commitment shown by Hunt as chairman, and for the work he did during a period of intense campaigning on behalf of the wholesale industry and its customers.

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