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Board role for Begg boss

Loch Duart hooks cashmere chief Laird

Ian LairdLoch Duart, the independent salmon farming company in Sutherland and the Hebrides, has appointed Ian Laird, managing director of Ayrshire-based cashmere company Alex Begg, as a non-executive director.

Alex Begg counts luxury fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren and Vivienne Westwood among its clients in addition to leading luxury retailers such as Berdorf Goodman in New York and Wako in Tokyo.

Alban Denton, managing director of Loch Duart, said: “Ian Laird joining the board is a real coup for Loch Duart.

“We’re especially pleased that he will contribute his experience of managing a company which has not only doubled in size, but now exports most of what it produces.

“Loch Duart’s focus is on producing extraordinary tasting salmon. Having Ian as part of our team will help us continue to deliver this to customers across the world.”

Mr Laird described Loch Duart as “one of the great Scottish business success stories”

He said: “As managing director of Alex Begg I have a developed an understanding of the connection between what customers value and what unique capability exists within a business like Loch Duart.”

Mr Laird is a past board member of the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Board, a member of the Scottish Textiles Leadership Group and chairman of the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership.


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