New faces join wholesale trade

Two significant recruits to the wholesale channel took up their respective posts last week.

At the FWD, James Bielby became deputy director general, a post which has not been filled since John Murphy was promoted to director general in 2004, while Bill Laird joined the Today’s Group as managing director.

Bielby was formerly editor of Retail Express and Murphy said: “This is an important step in the Federation’s affairs and we are delighted to have recruited such a well qualified person as James.”

Laird will work with his predecessor Rodney Hunt during a month-long handover period, and will have an early opportunity to meet many of the members at the Today’s Group conference in Marrakesh, which starts on Friday.

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