Heinemann shakes up representation across industry trade associations

By Luke Barras-hill |

Spanger (left) has been a member of the BDL steering committee since 1 July, and Hoyer (right) is the new President of DTRV, effective 5 July.

Gebr. Heinemann has announced it has ‘reshaped its involvement’ within advocacy circles lobbying on behalf of duty free and travel retail.

Raoul Spanger has succeeded Heinemann Co-owner and Supervisory Board member Gunnar Heinemann on the steering committee of the German Aviation Association (BDL).

Meanwhile, Richard Hoyer, Vice President EMEA at Gebr. Heinemann, is the new President of the German Travel Retail Association (DTRV), effective 5 July.

Gunnar Heinemann had previously steered the DTRV for more than three decades as its founding member and President.

Valuable contributions

Christoph Stump, Director Sales Central & Southeast Europe, continues Gebr. Heinemann’s representation with the Central & Eastern European Travel Retail Association (CEETRA) on its Board of Directors.

Looking ahead, Nina Semprecht will represent Gebr. Heinemann with the European Travel Retail Confederation (ETRC).

From 1 August, she will take over the position of Director Corporate Communications & External Affairs, having previously led Heinemann’s Corporate Communications function for the past two years.

Christoph Stump continues Heinemann’s association with CEETRA; Nina Semprecht will represent Heinemann with ETRC.

In a statement, the Hamburg-headquartered travel retailer says a key objective is to use the associations ‘to seek dialogue with political decision-makers about the unique business model of duty free and travel retail’.

Max Heinemann, Co-CEO and Co-owner of Gebr. Heinemann, said: “I am very pleased that we are able to fill the positions in the different associations with such excellent personnel from the ranks of Gebr. Heinemann.

“Raoul, Richard, Nina and Christoph are absolute experts in their field and have crucial experience in the different regions. They thus put the individual associations in an ideal position to help shape the respective market conditions of the future. I thank them for their dedication. The commitment to our industry is a great personal concern for us.”

Spanger added: “I thank BDL, DTRV, ETRC and CEETRA for their trust and for assigning these responsible tasks to my colleagues and me. The commitment of the associations is essential for our industry to be seen and heard in the dialogue with politics and the public.

“At the same time, I would also like to recognise the accomplishments of Gunnar Heinemann for his decades of commitment to BDL and DTRV. He has played a major role in ensuring that we are so excellently positioned in the German associations.”

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