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New Board member for Loch Duart

Graeme Thomsonblog

Loch Duart Salmon brings Scottish luxury goods chief on board

Loch Duart, the independent salmon farming company based in Sutherland and the Hebrides, has appointed Ian Laird to its Board as a Non-Executive Director. Ian is Managing Director of Ayrshire-based Alex Begg, world leaders in the design and manufacture of woven accessories, producing the world’s finest cashmere products.

Ian has a passion for products and brands like Loch Duart Salmon, which have attained global recognition and are asked for by name. 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 as he brings with him the understanding of managing the prestigious, global luxury brand, Alex Begg. 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.”

Ian Laird, new Non-Executive Director on the Loch Duart Board, said:

“I’m very excited to be joining the Board of Loch Duart at a time when this premium brand is growing in popularity, particularly overseas. It is one of the great Scottish business success stories. 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. I look forward to bringing my experience into the mix of the Board of Loch Duart and being a champion for a quality product which is asked for by name worldwide.”

Ian has also brought his extensive experience to the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Board (SMAS) as a past Board member, as a member of the Scottish Textiles Leadership Group and as Chair of the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership.

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