Imperial Brands Global Duty Free & Export ready for the future with new management team

The future of Imperial Brands Global Duty Free & Export is in secure hands as the company announces the new management team that will take it into the future. Christian Münstermann has been appointed as new General Manager Global Duty Free & Export as of August 2019, replacing Jorge Arias, who is taking on the role of Cluster General Manager – Central Europe & Ukraine. Giannos Zompolas, previously Finance Manager Middle East region for Imperial Brands’ duty free business, will take on the role of Head of Finance Global Duty Free & Export, replacing Andy Heley who is leaving the business at the end of September. Giannos Zompolas has built a strong commercial and finance background since joining Imperial in 2012, he moved to the Duty Free team in 2014 as Finance Executive for the Europe region and then took the role of Finance Manager for Duty Free Middle East Region in 2016. Christian Münstermann joined Imperial in August 2012 from Reckitt Benckiser and took over responsibility as Global Duty Free Trade Marketing Director. In recent years he was one of the key drivers behind the GDF&E business/ strategy and strong performance in his role as Sales & Marketing Director. Christian boasts more than 20 years of experience with FMCG companies such as Grand Metropolitan Foods, Campbell’s Soup Company, Hero and Reckitt Benckiser where he held different senior positions in finance, category management, sales and marketing. These latest appointments mean that Imperial’s duty free management team is now complete, with Giannos Zompolas, Christian Münstermann and Tobias Baude, Head of Corporate & Legal Affairs Global Duty Free & Export who was appointed in October 2019. Tobias has a strong background in public and regulatory affairs, having held a number of international roles across the business, including Senior Engagement Manager Track & Trace. Tobias is responsible for Global Duty Free’s external affairs agenda safeguarding the uniqueness of the industry and addressing regulatory changes while also overseeing Legal and Compliance. The new management team will drive and accelerate the defined strategy for Global Duty Free & Export and continue to play a vital role to deliver the company’s vision and objectives. “I am thrilled to continue working with Tobias and Giannos to lead Imperial Brands Global Duty Free & Export business into a new and positive future,” said Christian Münstermann. “We have been very successful and achieved a lot in the last couple of years. This was only possible due to the great support of and cooperation with retailers, a strong portfolio of global and local brands and a very passionate team around the world. We’ll continue our focus on the tobacco category and at the same time build the very exciting category of New Generation Products in duty free.” The new management team will oversee Imperial’s duty free operation from their new base in Madrid. Giannos Zompolas added: “I am looking forward to this new opportunity and what we as a team and a company can achieve within this exciting and dynamic global market.” “This is a challenging time for the tobacco market and an exciting opportunity as we see a new generation of products in Duty Free. It is vital to have a strong team and leadership for this key sector,” said Tobias Baude. “I believe we have the perfect people to both continue creating a great future for Imperial and tackle the challenges and opportunities which await us.”

August 30, 2019

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