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INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to the latest issue of The Moodie Davitt e-Zine.

DFS Group this week announced the surprise return of Ed Brennan, one of its most successful Chairmen & CEOs, in a transitionary capacity following the departure of Philippe Schaus to the top job at Moët Hennessy.

The retailer also announced a key appointment in its merchandising function – the promotion of Senior Vice President Beauty and Fragrances Ariel Gentzbourger to the post of Executive Vice President Merchandising (a move that also led to Christophe Marque being named Senior Vice President Beauty and Fragrances).

We examine both calls, and look at the likely stamp that the experienced Brennan will put on the organisation.

Elsewhere in the issue, we assess King Power Group (HK)’s important tie-up with the WeChat-based mobile payments service, a platform designed to drive incremental business for travel retailers around the world.

“Go wandering amongst the Dutch masters, curl up with a good book on a comfortable settee or enjoy attractive shops and restaurants.” That’s Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s message to travellers entering its newly renovated Holland Boulevard. We explore how the space presents Dutch art and culture to the world in our regular Sense of Place column, in association with Aer Rianta International.

In The Foodie Report, long-time travel retailer and Founder & President of The Mercurius Group Ivo Favotto ponders a potential shifting of the airport commercial revenues power base. Food & Beverage is playing an ever-increasing role in driving airport income and consumer allure, just as it has arguably become the main attraction drawing people to shopping centres.

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