Dufry Group unveils Global Executive Committee for new-look organisation

By Luke Barras-hill |

Dufry Q3 Trading Update 2022.

Xavier Rossinyol, CEO (left) and Yves Gerster, CFO pictured during a presentation of the Group’s third quarter results in November.

Dufry Group has announced today (7 February) a new organisational structure following last week’s completion of the business combination with Autogrill S.p.A.

The joint company, which according to a statement will ‘drive the Travel Experience Revolution’, comprises a nine-strong Global Executive Committee (see footer).

It will be responsible for spearheading Dufry’s ‘Destination 2027’ strategy, which includes integrating Autogrill within the Group’s business activities.

Among changes within the GEC, Chief Commercial Officer Andrea Belardini leaves to pursue new challenges and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Sarah Branquinho retires but will continue to lead several global travel-related associations.

‘Together as one team’

Meanwhile, Eugenio Andrades, Chief Executive Officer Operations, will step away from the GEC for personal reasons but will continue to play an important role in the success of the Group upon his return from a leave of absence.

Xavier Rossinyol, CEO of Dufry, commented: “With the new organisational setup we are best placed to drive the new strategy Destination 2027, with revolutionary travel experience and digitalisation, focus on geographical diversification, and strong emphasis on our people and ESG.

“I am thanking all former members of the GEC for their tremendous work and commitment to Dufry, and welcome all new members. Together as one team we aim to shape the future of our joint company and our industry.

“An aligned, diverse and focused team is the key to deliver the long-term strategy as well as the day-to-day execution. The new team reflects the competencies and experience we need for each new strategic priority and each geographical focus area.”

Dufry’s share price opened at €40.88 on the SIX Swiss Exchange this morning (9am CEST), see-sawing before dropping to €40.36 in early trading before rising to €40.61 and fluctuating as it clawed back ground to hover around €40.78 [correct at press time].

The new-look GEC consists of the following:

Xavier Rossinyol: Chief Executive Officer   

Yves Gerster: Chief Financial Officer 

Freda Cheung: President and CEO Asia Pacific (APAC)

Steve Johnson: President and CEO North America (NA)

Luis Marin: President and CEO Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) & Interim President and CEO Latin America (LATAM) 

Pascal Duclos: Group General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer

Camillo Rossotto: Chief Public Affairs & ESG Officer 

Vijay Talwar: Chief Digital & Customer Officer (effective 1 March 2023)

Katrin Volery: Chief People & Culture Officer 

For more from Xavier Rossinyol and Dufry’s plans, click here to read TRBusiness Global Industry Survey 2023.

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