TFWA appoints Rimmer

03 October, 2012

The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) has made John Rimmer its new conference, research and external affairs director.

He replaces Michael Barrett, currently TFWA conference and research manager, who has decided to pursue business interests from his new home in India. Rimmer’s appointment takes effect from October 8.

Rimmer will take responsibility for the organisation of all the association’s conferences, and workshops including those at the annual TFWA Asia Pacific and TFWA World Exhibition.

He will also work with the regional associations on events such as the MEDFA conference, on behalf of the Middle East Duty Free Association, and the new industry conference on China, which TFWA is organising with the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association.

Rimmer will also manage TFWA’s research programme, commissioning independent research into consumer behaviour in different regions for the benefit of TFWA member companies. In addition, he will oversee communication with members and the trade in general and take an active role in managing the member services of the Association.

Rimmer will be based in Paris and will report to Alain Maingreaud, managing director.

Barrett will work closely with Rimmer over the next five months to ensure a smooth handover. He will leave the association in March 2013 after the Beijing Industry Conference on China.

TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen said: “The conference and research activities have grown and blossomed under Michael’s stewardship but, given the scope of the responsibilities, it is vital that this role is based in Paris to ensure close collaboration with the rest of the executive team.

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