The Federation of Wholesale Distributors has appointed James Bielby to the position of deputy director general.
Bielby, 34, who is currently the editor of Retail Express, will join the FWD team on March 2, and will report to director general John Murphy.
“This is an important step in the Federation’s affairs and we are delighted to have recruited such a well qualified person as James,” said Murphy.
“As well as having a successful record in journalism, he is passionate about politics and legislation and has actively lobbied on behalf of the independent retail channel. Added to this, he has been in day-to-day contact with the decision makers in our industry and has a profile that enjoys wide visibility,” he added.
Bielby joined Retail Express in 2004 and was promoted to editor in 2005 where he established a track record of success.
After taking an English Literature degree at Cardiff University, he did a diploma in journalism at Highbury College, Portsmouth, before embarking on his journalistic career.