M&S exec Chris Dunham-Haigh joins ARI to lead Montenegro business

By Luke Barras-hill |

Chris Dunham-Haigh brings nearly two decades’ experience to ARI. Previously, he held the General Manager post at M&S Halifax where he led a team of 130 colleagues and oversaw a full store refit.

Aer Rianta International (ARI) has appointed Chris Dunham-Haigh as General Manager of its Montenegro Duty Free operations, effective January 2024.

Dunham-Haigh joins the travel retailer from Marks & Spencer in the UK, where he has worked for the past 18 years.

His CV includes a number of retail leadership roles in locations across the country.

Dunham-Haigh commented: “It’s an absolute privilege to have joined ARI and the team at Montenegro Duty Free. I am very excited to learn more about the business and to immerse myself in our operations here as we focus on new innovations and opportunities for the future.”

ARI won a five-year contract to run DF&TR concessions at Tivat and Podgorica Airports in Montenegro in 2019, as first reported by TRBusiness.

Two shops operating under the Montenegro Duty Free fascia began trading in 2020.

Nuno Amaral, ARI Chief Operations and Business Development Officer, added: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to ARI and look forward to working closely with him, and the wider team, to drive Montenegro Duty Free forward.

“On behalf of myself and the rest of the ARI executive team, we would like to wish Chris the very best of luck as he embarks on this new role, poised to deliver on our ambitious plans for the business.”

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