Chairman, Walpole British Luxury; Global Commercial Director and Deputy CEO, Financial Times
Walpole British Luxury's Chairman, Ben Hughes was appointed Global Commercial Director and Deputy CEO of the Financial Times in November 2006. He is responsible for all global advertising sales operations (print and online), advertising production operations worldwide and has overall responsibility for FT Conferences and now also runs the FT’s global print circulation.
Previously Worldwide Advertising Director, Ben first joined the Financial Times in 1983. His first role was as Sales and Marketing Manager for France, based in the Paris office. In 1987, he was made Publishing Director for the Financial Times, in France. He became European Advertisement Director in 1991 and, in 1993, was appointed Advertising and Marketing Director for Continental Europe. Today, all regional heads of advertising report directly to him. He reports to John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Times and sits on the FT's board of management.
Graduating from the University of Oxford in MA (Hons) Modern Languages, he began his career in 1976 as a teacher of French, German and English, working in various schools and countries. In 1981, he moved into advertising sales at Media Networks. Ben is married with three children.