2017 Judges

The Frontier Awards 2017 will once again take place during the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes. Hailed as the “Oscars of the GTR industry”, the event will feature a bigger selection of categories than ever before – see next month’s issue for details. Below we are delighted to present this year’s esteemed panel of judges, all ready to give their expert opinion

Chris Annetts head shotChris Annetts, Heathrow

As Heathrow’s retail and service proposition director, Chris Annetts has responsibility for the airport’s restaurants, shops, advertising and digital offering as well as the development of the overall Heathrow service proposition.

Chris moved into the role following a successful tenure as Heathrow’s commercial passenger services director where he was responsible for delivering innovative service through the airport’s transport links, premium products, telecoms, digital and leading customer-focused thinking through research and insight.

Chris has 14 years’ experience with Heathrow, focusing on the airport’s commercial interests including retail, airline business development and commercial strategy

 

Gemma Bateson, JTI

Gemma is the worldwide duty free corporate affairs and communications director at Japan Tobacco International.

Gemma has worked in the travel retail industry for almost 15 years, beginning in sales in 2002 ‘carrying the bag’ in UK airports for British American Tobacco International, before moving to the confectionery category as UK & Ireland travel retail manager with Mondelez.

In 2010 Gemma returned to the tobacco category, joining JTI as international key account manager.

The bulk of Gemma’s GTR career has been spent in commercial roles, most recently as regional director for the Middle East, Africa, UK & Ireland. Last October Gemma moved to corporate affairs and communications, where she holds her current position. In this role Gemma works with industry colleagues internally and externally including the regional associations, seeking to safeguard this unique retail eenvironment.

In her current role, Gemma works with industry colleagues internally and externally to JTI, including the Regional Travel Retail Associations, seeking to safeguard this unique retail environment and ensure it is well understood, recognised and protected.

In her current role, Gemma works with industry colleagues internally and externally to JTI, including the Regional Travel Retail Associations, seeking to safeguard this unique retail environment and ensure it is well understood, recognised and protected.

In her current role, Gemma works with industry colleagues internally and externally to JTI, including the Regional Travel Retail Associations, seeking to safeguard this unique retail environment and ensure it is well understood, recognised and protected.

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Ibrahim Ibrahim, Portland Design

Ibrahim is the MD of Portland Design. Based in London and established in 1987, Portland is part of the global Perkins + Will architecture and design network. Portland is a leading international branding and retail design business and works on a broad range of projects including retail, F&B, consumer brands, shopping centres, airports and train stations.

Ibrahim originally trained as an aeronautical engineer and is a post- graduate of the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a regular speaker at conferences and a frequent contributor to journals and trade press. He has written regular articles for The Economist Insights.

During his 29 years in design consultancy Ibrahim has worked with such high-profile clients as Mondelez, Diageo, Bugaboo, Pernod Ricard, CNN and Heathrow Airport. When he is not at the agency, he can be found with his family mountain biking, making furniture, or managing the woodland near his home.

Ibrahim has two children and when he is not overseing the ‘ideas fuelled’ environment at Portland he is normally with his family, mountain biking, making furniture or managing a woodland whilst riding his tractor!

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Erin Lillis, Lacoste

Erin is travel retail director for Asia Pacific at Lacoste. She is an accomplished GTR professional with more than 16 years’ experience of managing and directing operations within the company, from both a duty free and domestic retail perspective.

Since mid-2012 Erin has been solely focused on the travel retail channel, responsible for the development of Lacoste Asia Pacific at all airports, downtown duty free stores and other points of sale connected to the brand’s duty free business.

Erin is a dynamic leader, both solutions and detail-oriented. She works extremely well under pressure to deliver, while maintaining a nurturing environment that motivates her teams to be effective and always on time.

Erin has proven leadership and teambuilding skills, a reputation for getting the job done with a high energy, down-to-earth mentality, turning strategy into reality and forging outstanding relationships with key stakeholders.

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Manishi Sanwal, DFS

Manishi is the MD of DFS India and is responsible for the Indian joint venture operation of DFS Group and Flemingo International. The company manages Mumbai Duty Free, the core concession duty free stores at Mumbai International airport and speciality luxury stores in Delhi International Airport. Manishi has been instrumental is setting up and managing the successful 60,000sqft of duty free operations at Mumbai.

Prior to this, he joined the LVMH group in 2002, launched TAG Heuer watches in India in the same year and was responsible for the brand’s success in the Indian Subcontinent. Subsequently, based out of Shanghai, Manishi led TAG Heuer sales & marketing operations in mainland China.

He moved back to India in 2008 and led LVMH’s watch and jewellery division, introducing the brands to markets like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He lives in Mumbai with his wife & son. He is a passionate long- distance runner and frequently participates in various half marathons.

Manishi Sanwal, 41, is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the IIT, BHU, Varanasi and an MBA from the IIM Ahmedabad. Before LVMH, he has worked in various capabilities in Larsen & Toubro, Swatch group, and Samsung.

He lives in Mumbai with his wife & son. He is a passionate long distance runner and frequently participates in various half marathons across the country.

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Sunil Tuli, King Power

Sunil is the MD of King Power Group Hong Kong, a position he has held since 2003, where he is responsible for the company’s global GTR business, focusing on retail operations in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Macau.

His career in the industry spans over 30 years; he started out as a tea planter in Assam, India in 1977, moving into retail in 1982 with fashion house Intercraft in New Delhi. In 1984, Sunil joined the India Tourism Development Corporation as GM, overseeing duty free stores at Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Trivandrum airports. In 1990 Sunil was appointed by Weitnauer (now Dufry) to run Scotts Weitnauer in Singapore, while also managing Travellers Duty Free and Sincere Watch Duty Free. In 1995, he became MD of Weitnauer Singapore, later becoming president for Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Sunil is chairman of Agatha SA in France and on the board of a number of companies. He is also a founder member of APTRA, where he served as president from 2007-2013, and speaks at many GTR conferences.

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