Tasmania, Australia, 2018-Feb-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lagardère Travel Retail has appointed Przemek Lesniak as the new CEO of Pacific region replacing Matthie Mercier, who is returning to Paris to take up the role of COO Travel Essentials and Food Service at Lagardère Travel Retail France.
Przemek Lesniak is based in Sydney and will report into Emmanuel de Place in Singapore.
Having worked for Lagardère Travel Retail for over 17 years in various roles in Poland, France and Australia, Lesniak moved to Sydney when he joined the Pacific region in July 2016 as General Manager of Travel Essentials. He has quickly developed a great understanding of the business in this region. He has worked on a variety of commercial initiatives and key development projects and has been instrumental in developing and strengthening both the Travel Essentials and more recently the Duty-Free businesses in the region during this time.
A graduate of Warsaw School of Economics, he brings to the role sound financial acumen, strong retail expertise, operational leadership and an extensive knowledge of Lagardère Travel Retails business.
“We are delighted to have someone of Przemek’s calibre and experience to move seamlessly into this role” said Emmanuel de Place, COO of Lagardère Travel Retail. “He is very qualified and I’m confident that he’ll continue to strengthen and grow the business in the Pacific region.
I would also like to thank Matthieu Mercier for his leadership, enthusiasm and contribution he has made to our Pacific business over the past six years, which has included significant development in strengthening the presence of the group’s activities in the region”.
Przemek Lesniak said of his appointment “Having been in the Pacific for 18 months now, I’m thrilled with this opportunity as it’s an exciting region to be working in. I’m looking forward to leading the adaptable and fast learning passionate teams, and using my experience to drive the strategic vision and growth strategy to grow the business even further in the region”.
ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL:
One of the four divisions of Lagardère Group, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering global leader in the travel retail industry. Operating 4,300 stores across Travel Essentials, Duty Free and Foodservice in airports, railway stations and other concessions in 33 countries worldwide, Lagardère Travel Retail generates a €4 bn sales (managed 100%).
Lagardere Travel Retail has a unique holistic approach aimed at exceeding traveller’s expectations throughout their journey, and optimising landlords’ assets and partners’ brands.
In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.
Source: Lagardere Travel Retail