Lagardère Travel Retail has appointed Jochen Halfmann as Chief Executive Officer, Lagardère Travel Retail Deutschland GmbH, with immediate effect.
Halfmann, who has extensive experience and knowledge of the retail industry across a range of sectors, will be responsible for leading the growth and development of Lagardère Travel Retail activities in Germany. He will report directly to Frédéric Chevalier, Regional Chief Operating Officer, EMEA and be based in Wiesbaden.
Prior to joining Lagardère Travel Retail, Halfmann was CEO of Vapiano SE, a global restaurant chain. His previous roles also included Managing Director for the Douglas Group in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and Global leader for Primera’s retail businesses BiBA, Laurel, apriori, Cavita and Escada. Halfmann holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universities of Munich and Cologne.
Chevalier said: “We are delighted to have Jochen joining our team in Germany and are looking forward to benefitting from his extensive experience of the retail industry to further grow our business in this market. Building on our European market leading position, Jochen will be focusing on strengthening our existing relationships with landlords as well as further grow our portfolio through new tenders.”
In Germany, Lagardère Travel Retail manages a range of well-known brands including Relay, Virgin, Hub Convenience, Coffee Fellows and the Frankfurter Markthalle Foodcourt in Frankfurt Main Station. It also has its Travel Essentials and Foodservices business lines.