James Ward has taken over as managing director of Essex-based wholesaler AC Ward & Son in preparation for the retirement of his father Jonathan, who remains chairman of the company. Ian Brace, who was sales manager, has taken over James' former role as sales director. The company, which was established in 1870 and is a member of the Today's Group, has a cash and carry depot at Sudbury and delivers to about 250 retailers. About 35 of its retail customers are symbol group members, with 15 trading under AC Ward's own Express fascia and the rest operating under the Today's Group Day Today fascia. {{PEOPLE MOVES }}