Luxury Power 30 launches to recognise comms talent in 'vital' sector

PRWeek and the Luxury Communications Council (LCC) have launched the inaugural Luxury Power 30, a new initiative to recognise the comms and marketing talent that now exists within this crucial sector to the UK economy.

  • (l-r) Rosie Shephard (Rocco Forte Hotels), Silvia Steffan-Ehl (Cartier) and Fiona Rushton (Hèrmes)

    (l-r) Rosie Shephard (Rocco Forte Hotels), Silvia Steffan-Ehl (Cartier) and Fiona Rushton (Hèrmes)

  • Kelly Luchford (Luchford APM)

    Kelly Luchford (Luchford APM)

  • (l-r) Rosie Shephard (Rocco Forte Hotels), Anna Bartle (Estée Lauder UK & Ireland)

    (l-r) Rosie Shephard (Rocco Forte Hotels), Anna Bartle (Estée Lauder UK & Ireland)

  • (l-r) Rosie Shephard (Rocco Forte Hotels), Danny Rogers (PRWeek)

    (l-r) Rosie Shephard (Rocco Forte Hotels), Danny Rogers (PRWeek)

  • Danny Rogers (PRWeek)

    Danny Rogers (PRWeek)

  • (l-r) Fergus Lawlor (Purple), Julian Vogel (ModusBPCM)

    (l-r) Fergus Lawlor (Purple), Julian Vogel (ModusBPCM)

  • Daniel Marks (The Communications Store)

    Daniel Marks (The Communications Store)

  • Dana Gers (Net-A-Porter)

    Dana Gers (Net-A-Porter)

  • Jori White (Jori White Public Relations)

    Jori White (Jori White Public Relations)

  • (l-r) Anna Bartle (Estée Lauder UK & Ireland), Julian Vogel (ModusBPCM)

    (l-r) Anna Bartle (Estée Lauder UK & Ireland), Julian Vogel (ModusBPCM)

  • Elizabeth Paton (New York Times)

    Elizabeth Paton (New York Times)

  • (l-r) Lydia Slater (Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country), Richard Agnew (Jaguar Land Rover)

    (l-r) Lydia Slater (Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country), Richard Agnew (Jaguar Land Rover)

  • Peter Chipchase (Soho House)

    Peter Chipchase (Soho House)

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The Luxury Power 30 – a new section of the Power Book for 2018 - ranks the most influential comms executives from the fashion, beauty, hospitality and luxury goods industries. It includes high flyers ranging from Net-a-Porter and Hermès to Jaguar and Soho House Group.

The top-ranked communicators attended a launch dinner at Mayfair’s Arts Club this week, organised by the LCC and sponsored by Laurent Perrier.

At the event, PRWeek’s editor-in-chief, Danny Rogers said: "Sales of European luxury goods are now worth hundreds of billions of dollars, with the UK a key provider of brands and talent. The market is set to grow sharply over the next few years, with digital sales and an expanding China, in particular, boosting demand. This is a sector vital to our economy and with a unique set of communication challenges."

Rosie Shephard, founder of the LCC and group comms director, Rocco Forte Hotels, said: "‘The role of the comms has fundamentally changed in the past 5-10 years and the best communicators are those who have been able to adapt and evolve their skill set. The ‘Luxury Power 30’ comprises those executives who are acting beyond the traditional comms remit, really driving innovation in their companies and keeping pace with the new world.’"

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Attendees at the launch event included Dana Gers, global marketing and comms director, Net-a-Porter; Peter Chipchase, chief brand and comms officer, Soho House Group; Julia Record, director of comms, Dorchester Collection; Richard Agnew, global PR director, product, Jaguar; Danny Brennan, PR and comms director, Laurent Perrier; Anna Bartle, VP comms, Estée Lauder; Daniel Marks, chief creative officer, The Communications Store; and Fiona Rushton, director of comms, Hermès.

Rushton said: "As the world is changing so rapidly, more and more businesses are looking to expand their brand ecosystem than ever before, this is something on which luxury goods companies have always been focused. Therefore you're seeing luxury professionals and practices moving across into many other sectors. The Luxury Power 30 provides a forum for like-minded companies and professionals to meet and share their experiences in these challenging times."

The Luxury Power 30 is made up of the following entrants into the PRWeek Power Book 2018:

Shephard added: "Face-to-face contact remains at the core of communications best practice. It is the one fundamental that cannot be replaced, no matter how many technological alternatives there are. Learning from others during these times of extreme change is vital."

Commented Gers: "In an increasingly cluttered media environment, the power is, more than ever, in the hands of the customer. We need to be where she is, and deliver content that is engaging, compelling and cut-through. Luxury communications professionals are naturally great story-tellers. We’ve been trained to drive results from earned media coverage. It’s why in today’s fractured and crowded media environment we’re adept at creating content that resonates."

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