EUROPE. Lagardère Travel Retail Germany/Austria/Slovenia has named Christoph Wenisch as Chief Operating Officer (COO) Foodservice. The move was effective from 1 January.

Salzburg native Wenisch took his first steps in the gastronomic sector in a business run by his family, before working for several years as a chef in New York, Bermuda and in the wider Caribbean. In 2002, he returned to Austria and moved into management.

As regional manager and division leader for the Spar retail chain, he spent 11 years overseeing 70 restaurants located in Interspar supermarkets. Most recently, as Managing Director at a subsidiary of the Rewe Group in Germany, Wenisch was responsible for the development and implementation of new catering concepts.

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Christoph Wenisch: Experienced food sector executive bolsters Lagardère Travel Retail Germany/Austria/Slovenia management

Wenisch reports directly to regional CEO Thomas Wiesel and completes the management team that includes the Chief Marketing Officer Oliver Hempel, COO Travel Essentials Friederike Martens and Chief Financial Officer Rainer Uhlhorn.

“We are delighted that we could win an internationally experienced manager for Lagardère Travel Retail”, said Wiesel. “Our new colleague will lead our food service business in Germany, Austria and Slovenia with fresh and innovative concepts. Additionally, he will support us to develop our existing outlets.”