FRANCE/INTERNATIONAL. Lagardère Travel Retail/Duty Free Global today announced two key appointments to drive its new dual Fashion & Core Business divisions.
Around two months ago, Core Business & Fashion were split into two groups, with separate EVPs, marketing teams and buyers.
The travel retailer said that the new-look dual organisation reflects the company’s willingness to provide a specific product offering “and the best innovative shopping experience in travel retail”.
Nathalie Santonja is named Executive Vice President Fashion. Bruno Gouisset becomes Executive Vice President Merchant Core Business replacing the well-regarded Sabine Fagan, who has opted to take a new career path after more than ten years of outstanding service with the retailer.
Ms Santonja started her career at beauty house Coty in a marketing role. She then became Brand International Marketing Director for Doré Doré, before joining Simone Pérèle, where as Director she was in charge of creating the lingerie brand Implicite.
In 2009 she joined Le Printemps as Purchasing Director for Lingerie and Kids wear, later creaing the Group’s Store Planning Department. There she created the Store Planning Retail Chain and Development operation while opening two new Le Printemps department stores.
Ms Santonja becomes a member of the Lagardère Travel Retail/Duty Free Global Executive Committee.
Bruno Gouisset joins as Executive Vice President Purchasing Core Business and also becomes a member of the Lagardère Travel Retail/Duty Free Global Executive Committee. He was previously Managing Director of Sephora Switzerland.
Gouisset has held several positions within purchasing and negotiations departments, first at Casino, which he joined in 2002. He joined Sephora in 2010, where he was Head of International Negotiations, then Director of Purchasing, Methods and Regulatory Quality for Europe & Middle East.
Lagardère Travel Retail/Duty Free Global said that the main objectives of the new fashion division are:
• To have a dedicated structure, composed of fashion purchasing, marketing and procurement teams;
• To strengthen the operational efficiency of the fashion sector;
• To structure the relationship between central and local teams to better serve customers;
• To improve the speed of implementation and the performance monitoring of the commercial offer.