LUXE LEARNING: Walpole, the British luxury trade body, has teamed up with the London Business School and law firm Charles Russell on a luxury management course in London. The program offers MBA students chance to develop their skill set in the the luxury sector.

Students, who will be selected by a panel composed of London Business School faculty and Walpole members, will partake in a range of guest lectures from senior executives in the industry including business experts from Alexander McQueen, Harrods, Thomas Pink, Net-A-Porter and Richemont. The course is open to the first year MBA students and will run during the second and third terms. It will cover topics including E-tail Experience and Management, the Creative Process and Retail, and Luxury Fundamentals. From mentorships to working with brands on projects, the school is also creating an internship program to assist students.

“As the British luxury industry becomes more and more significant — with its massive value to the economy and the ‘soft power’ of Britain — it is critical that management skills are available to meet the demands of a complex, challenging but highly attractive business,” said Mark Henderson, board director at Walpole and chairman of Gieves & Hawkes.

“We are increasingly seeing more and more students who are interested in the luxury sector so this is a very exciting partnership for London Business School and an important addition to the MBA curriculum,” said Gareth Howells, executive director of the MBA course.

Walpole also revealed the appointment of Michelle Emmerson as its new managing director. Emmerson’s role will entail working with the Walpole Board and handling strategy for the not-for-profit organization. She will be reporting to Ben Hughes, Walpole’s chairman. Formerly’s group services people director, her previous experience includes roles at BBC Worldwide and EMI Music.

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