INDIA. Delhi Duty Free Services (DDFS) has named Ashish Chopra as Chief Executive Officer. Currently Deputy CEO, Chopra will take up his new role upon the departure of Philip Eckles as CEO on 5 December.

DDFS Chairman GBS Raju said: “Over his seven years with the organisation Ashish has played an integral role in the success of Delhi Duty Free and I know as he takes on these new responsibilities that he will skilfully lead DDFS as it recovers and rebuilds from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I, along with the Directors of the Board wish Ashish every success in his new role”.

Ashish Chopra: Promotion to the Chief Executive’s chair at Delhi Duty Free for the highly regarded and experienced business leader after Philip Eckles (below) leaves on 5 December

Chopra joined DDFS as Head of Purchasing in 2013. He was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer in April 2017 and was further promoted to the position of Deputy CEO in September 2019. He has contributed heavily to delivering the DDFS growth plan in this time, said the company.

Before his role at DDFS he spent several years in international buying, merchandising and retail roles while working with some of India’s largest retail companies.

ARI Chief Executive Officer Ray Hernan said: “I congratulate Ashish in his promotion to CEO. Ashish brings significant commercial expertise to the role and has a strong track record in driving growth; already playing a central role in the success of the business at Delhi Duty Free. I look forward to working closely with Ashish as we manage through the impact of COVID-19 and drive future growth of the business. On behalf of the team at ARI, I wish him great success”.

Click here for an interview with Philip Eckles on his time at Delhi Duty Free and wider career.