Maingreaud to succeed Juul-Mortensen as TFWA presidentBy Nicola Carruthers
The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) has named Alain Maingreaud as its new president, taking over from Erik Juul-Mortensen, who has held the role for 19 years.
Maingreaud, who will step into the role for a one-year mandate from January 2019, was named Juul-Mortensen’s successor following a TFWA management committee meeting in Paris this morning (14 December).
After joining the TFWA in 1995 as commercial director, Maingreaud was elected managing director in 2010. He took on a part-time position as TFWA associate director in October 2017 to work on the development of the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference and the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference.
The other candidates for the president position were Gerry Munday, Thom Rankin and Andrew Ford, who each put forward “clear and credible proposals to take the association forward”.
“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed president of TFWA, especially following an election with such strong candidates,” said Maingreaud.
“I am very grateful for the support I have received from the management committee, and look forward to beginning work in earnest.
“I have, of course, a hard act to follow. Erik helped create TFWA and has worked tirelessly to nurture and promote the association and indeed the wider industry – something which I embrace and would like to continue in the same spirit.”
Juul-Mortensen is one of the founders of TFWA and has been a member of the association’s management committee since it was established in 1984.
He was first elected to the board in 1986, serving as vice president of marketing and communications for 10 years, with a further year as vice president of special projects. Juul-Mortensen has served as president since September 1999.
Juul-Mortensen said: “It has been a genuine honour and a privilege to serve as TFWA president. I wish Alain every success in this very rewarding and sometimes challenging role, and I know that he will enjoy the full support of the board and management committee.
“I am proud of what TFWA has achieved during my time with the association, and of the contribution it has made to the development of the duty free and travel retail industry.
“I am greatly indebted to the members of the TFWA board and management committee, past and present, for their support, counsel and encouragement, through good times and bad, and for the support and friendship of TFWA’s partners around the world, notably in Cannes and Singapore, where I have many memories to treasure.”