Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shanghai Airport Authority
Yun Qin was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shanghai Airport Authority in August 2018. A graduate of Tongji University, he has worked in the municipal engineering design industry for many years. Yun Qin has significant experience and a successful track record in municipal engineering and has presided over several major engineering projects in Shanghai in previous positions.
Ruijun Jia is Vice President of Shanghai Airport Authority. He is also serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shanghai International Airport Co., Ltd., the company operating and managing Pudong International Airport.
Charles Chen has worked in the travel retail sector for more than 30 years, having joined China Duty Free Group (CDFG) in 1987. Prior to his late 2016 appointment as President, he held a number of leadership positions at CDFG, including Director of Liquor Sales and Marketing Department, Chief Representative of the European Office, President of CDFG Commerce & Trade Co. Ltd, Assistant President and Vice President.
Managing Director International, Fifth Generation, Inc. Home of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
John McDonnell has launched and marketed a number of successful global spirits brands and is highly regarded as a leader in his industry. He earned widespread respect for his service as Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the national trade association representing America’s leading distillers.
Raj Assanand, Business Development Director at Knightsbridge department store Harrods, originally joined the business as a seasonal member of retail staff ahead of Christmas 1975. Over his 43 years of service at Harrods, Raj has risen through the organisation, from his original role on the shop floor to the buying team, and later to a General Merchandising Manager, where he headed up the commercial side of a key area of the business.
Angela Gittens began her tenure as Director General of Airports Council International (ACI World) in 2008. She was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and Deputy at San Francisco International Airport.
Executive Vice President - International Business Development & Lounges, Manchester Airports Group
Beth joined MAG in 2007 and is currently Executive Vice President – International Business Development & Lounges. She has over 25 years of experience in retail, across a broad range of roles and disciplines encompassing store management, logistics, property, HR and training, and business development. Over her career she worked for Debenhams, WHSmith and TJHughes prior to joining MAG.
Dr Patrick Bohl is Head of Retail and Advertising at Budapest Airport, being responsible for maximising non-aeronautical revenues in cooperation with its concessionaires. He joined the company in 2008 as Head of Airline Development in charge of attracting new routes and airlines, as well as the company’s market research activities.
Kenji Calméjane joined Shiseido Group in 2014 to lead the company’s multi-brand expansion strategy in Asia travel retail.
An aspirational leader with a precise strategic vision, under his guidance Shiseido brands outgrew the Asia travel retail market by more than two times, with sales of Clé de Peau Beauté increasing by close to +85% in FY2015 and the travel retail exclusive Shiseido Ultimune 100ml becoming a bestseller since its launch.
Gary has been fortunate enough to build 30 years of business experience in a way that one may say is “not textbook”. Having worked for small family businesses in retailing, both as an entrepreneur and general manager, and in the advertising industry in management positions, he joined Mars Australia in 1999.
Vice President, Commercial Development and Terminal Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Scott Collier is Vice President, Commercial Development and Terminal Services of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which manages and operates Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada’s largest airport.
Chief Operating Officer – Airports, VGI Global Media
With over twenty years of experience in airport advertising, Jonathan brings a unique and refreshing perspective to the business that comes from having worked on both sides of the business, as advertising concessionaire to airports and on behalf of the advertisers themselves.
Dr. Peter Mohn has been working for various leading global market research agencies since 1993 and has been in top management positions since 2000. He has been specialising in travel retail research since 2004 and consults various leading brands as well as shop operators in this field.
Deputy Group CEO – Digital, Transformation, Corporate Services, AirAsia Group
Aireen Omar is Deputy Group CEO (Digital, Transformation and Corporate Services), responsible for AirAsia’s digital strategy, promoting innovation throughout the group and encouraging collaboration across AirAsia’s businesses and markets.
Hiroshi Onishi is Executive Vice President of Haneda Airport’s operator, Japan Airport Terminal. Prior to joining Haneda Airport, he was President of Japan’s largest department store chain, Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings where he was responsible for the launch of Isetan Men’s store in 2003.
Yiling Pan is Associate Editor of Jing Daily, the leading digital publication on luxury consumer trends in China. Her role since joining the team in 2016, is to illustrate how the definition of luxury, and by turn, its consumption, is changing. She also focuses on how the digital landscape in China is developing and how brands are adapting and taking advantage of those changes.
Michael Simon is the General Manager of Altria International Sales, a wholly owned subsidiary of Philip Morris USA. In this role he is responsible for leading and profitably growing Altria Group’s non-domestic tobacco business through brand management, trade marketing, and sales services.
Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group China
Angela Wang is a core member of The Boston Consulting Group’s retail sector in Greater China. She works with a broad range of clients in China on strategy formulation, business development, and operational excellence.
Mirko founded Jessica’s Secret in 2015. Over the past three years, the app has grown in popularity and reach and is now a recognised digital marketing brand in travel retail. Since founding Jessica’s Secret Mirko has also developed a market insights service on the travel retail industry in China.
Jayne joined the Retail & Commercial team at Auckland Airport in 2015 and has led the development of the airport’s retail omnichannel strategy. She is responsible for the launch of The Mall e-commerce marketplace in partnership with Auckland Airport retailers and the Collection Point fulfilment operation.