MEREU Stefano Grandi Stazioni SpA
| Head of Sales and Media
Stefano Mereu was born in Rome in 1971. Graduated in Economics at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome, he starts his career in 1999 within the Commercial Direction of Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A., the Company which manages the two Airports of the city of Rome. He then gets in charge of the relevant Retail Development Division, and brings a radical change in the whole commercial offer of both the Airports managed.
From March 2007 to June 2008 he is in charge of the Commercial Direction at Lamaro Appalti, caring the planning and the development of the new infrastructural Retail plans set forth by the Group, like Shopping Malls, Downtown Galleries and Great Urban Requalifications.
From June 2008 to present, he is in charge of the Sales and Media Direction of Grandi Stazioni S.p.A., directly managing the Company's four main business areas: Retail, Advertising, Real Estate Market and General Services to clients.
In Summer 2009, as Managing Director, he cared the cession procedure of the Subsidiary Grandi Stazioni Edicole, this latter being dedicated to the editorial business field over the entire network of the thirteen railway station managed.
About Grandi Stazioni
Grandi Stazioni is the only example of PPP in Europe with the objective of managing railway stations. The company is 60% owned by the Italian rail operator Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and 40% by private Italian groups (Benetton, Caltagirone, Pirelli).
Upgrading, improving and managing Italy's 13 largest railway stations: this is Our mission.
The company improves and reinvents station's public spaces, which are set to become service centers, meeting places, shopping malls, and venues for arts, special and cultural events, all designed to meet the needs of travelers and city-dwellers.
Grandi Stazioni wants to turn the time spent in a station into a pleasant and fun experience, satisfying needs, anticipating desires, creating a stimulating environment and encouraging consumption.
Several well-known brands have invested in our network, achieving amazing results in terms of sales and customer experience.
Grandi Stazioni's know-how attracted the interest of many countries in Europe and all over the world. For instance, Grandi Stazioni manages, through its Czech subsidiary, Prague's main station in Czech Republic.
LIM Beng Chee CapitaMalls Asia Ltd
| Chief Executive Officer
Mr Lim Beng Chee has more than 10 years of real estate investment and asset management experience. He previously held various positions within the CapitaLand group of companies since 2000 and has been the Chief Executive Officer of CapitaMalls Asia Limited since 1 November 2008.
CapitaMalls Asia has its primary listing on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange with a market capitalisation of about S$6.0 billion (EUR3.8 billion), and is a component stock of the country's benchmark Straits Times Index. It has a secondary listing on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, where it is a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Global Composite Index and the Hang Seng Foreign Companies Composite Index.
Mr Lim holds a Master of Business Administration (Accountancy) from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics (Honours) from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
About CapitaMalls Asia
CapitaMalls Asia Limited is one of the largest listed shopping mall developers, owners and managers in Asia by total property value of assets and geographic reach. Its integrated shopping mall business model encompasses retail real estate investment, development, mall operations, asset management and fund management capabilities. It has interests in and manages 101 shopping malls across 52 cities in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan and India, with a total property value of approximately S$30.7 billion (EUR19.5 billion) and a total GFA of approximately 92.4 million sq ft.
About 50 of its malls are directly connected to transport hubs such as metro and light rail stations, bus interchanges, ferry terminal and cruise centre.
CapitaMalls Asia's portfolio includes ION Orchard and Plaza Singapura - located in one of the world's most famous shopping streets, Orchard Road. Landmark malls in China include CapitaMall Crystal in Beijing; Hongkou Plaza in Shanghai and Raffles City Shanghai; and CapitaMall Jinniu in Chengdu. Its portfolio also includes Gurney Plaza in Penang, Malaysia; Olinas Mall in Tokyo, Japan; and Forum Value Mall in Bangalore, India.
THOMPSON Alan Portland
| Director of Developments
As Director of Developments at Portland, Alan is responsible for leading the company's masterplanning work on retail and leisure schemes, mixed-use developments and airport projects.
Alan is passionate about creating schemes that are people-friendly, which connect public spaces with the commercial offer and provide a real sense of place and which are memorable and engaging.
Alan has worked on numerous retail planning projects for the following airports: Abu Dhabi, Bangalore, Bologna, Dubai, Bergen, Dusseldorf, Florence, Hamburg, Hyderabad, Koln-Bonn, Hong Kong, Rome, Turin as well as various projects for Grandi Stazioni. He has worked on shopping centre projects for ECE, Ing Real Estate, Inter Ikea, Mercati Generali, Land Securities and Steen & Strohm.
Alan is a regular speaker at industry conferences.
Established in 1987 and with offices in London and Dubai Portland is an award-winning design consultancy specialising in the retail, leisure and travel sectors. We are a multidisciplinary design consultancy of around 35 staff working on a diverse range of projects all over the world.
Portland comprises a group of highly creative people with complementary skills and expertise. We boast an integrated team of branding specialists, interior, architectural and graphic designers.
Our work spans everything from brand strategy and environmental branding to retail
masterplanning and public realm (shopping centres, mixed-use developments & airports) to retail and F&B environments and brand experiences. Our culture is based on a truly interdisciplinary team ethos whose passion for understanding consumers' relationships with brands and their interaction with environments lies at the heart of our business.
We are customer advocates - our projects are driven by the customer experience. Our approach is underpinned by new thinking, innovative design and commercial pragmatism, allowing us to develop design solutions that lead to differentiation for our clients' offer and meaningful experiences for their customers.
At our core, we are in the business of "story telling’". Our solutions are not so much about brand applications but more about the transformation of a brand essence into immersive and multi sensory environmental experiences.
Our first thoughts are not of buildings or spaces, but of people and how people engage with environments. We set out to plan and design places that are imbued with touch points along the customer journey that attract, inform, surprise and delight…that is …
Brands and Places for People.
To this end we are catalysts of new thinking!
KING David The David King Partnership
| Founder and Director
David is an expert in commercial revenue activities encompassing business planning, concession tendering and contract negotiations, implementation, operations and asset management in Airports and travel hubs around the world.
He has worked for more than 15 years in the travel sector & 20 years in the F&B & hospitality business at senior management and main board level.
He is also the convenor of Judges for the Moodie Report’s International Airport Food & Beverage Awards – FAB.
As a main board director of Alpha Airports Group Plc he was responsible for all Alpha’s UK & International Tax & Duty Free businesses, In-flight retail and airport catering activities. During his 6 years at Alpha he was instrumental in winning contracts with a turnover value of more than $2.5bnn
His extensive international experience includes working in the US, Canada, Australia, India, Russia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Turkey, Europe & Scandinavia and an excellent knowledge of the airport markets in S.E. Asia, China and the Middle East.
David formed his own consultancy in 2009 which is focused on commercial revenue generation activities for all stakeholders in Airports and Travel Hubs.
About The David King Partnership Ltd
The David King Partnership Ltd is an organisation that specialises in advising and working with the shareholders and senior management teams of airports, brand owners and other travel, retail and food & beverage infrastructure owners and operators, creating value from all consumer facing commercial revenue activities in Travel Hubs & Airports around the world.
Putting the customer at the heart of strategic thinking, creating & implementing business solutions designed to meet customers’ needs and shareholder investment expectations are core to The David King Partnership ethos.
We have extensive experience as both a landlord and concessionaire.
We truly understand the importance and subtleties of airport & Travel Hub concession contracts and the associated operating risks. Our expertise focuses on Tax & Duty Free Retail, Specialist Retail, Food & Beverage, FOREX and Advertising and Media. We have significant experience in supporting global operators with concession planning and providing insightful & innovative commercial solutions for their activities in Airports and Travel Hubs.
SAVOYE Sylvain A2C
| DIRECTEUR COMMERCIAL
After a 5 year career in Education, Sylvain Savoye chose to specialized in sales and marketing and graduated from C.N.A.M Paris.
Starting his career in commercial estate in 2001, he has more than 10 years’ experience in the travel retail and services development.
From 2002 to 2004, Sylvain Savoye was in charge of the extra-aeronautical activities of the PARIS-BEAUVAIS Airport where he actively took part in the retail department organization of the main terminal. Due to his position, he was a member of the Commission for Retail in French Airports ALFA ACI.
Sylvain SAVOYE integrated A2C in 2004. He was first in charge of asset commercialization for catering activities in SNCF's train stations. Then he became Commercial Director in 2006.
With his team (13 people), he is in charge of all commercial activities in SNCF's train stations in FRANCE including: catering, press, car rental, vending machines, personal goods, health and beauty, creche facilities, business centers, advertising.
Beyond FRANCE, Sylvain SAVOYE has developed a real network with A2C equivalent in BELGIUM, UNITED KINGDOM, NETHERLANDS and RUSSIA.
A2C, a Gare & Connexions company (SNCF Group), is in charge of the asset and rental management of the commercial estate in SNCF train stations.
It is also managing the advertising activities which are operated by the JC Decaux/Médiatransports Group.
The ambition of Gares & Connexions and A2C:
-Transforming train stations in attractive and usefull places in inner cities.
-Creating shopping and service centers which are comfortable, practical and a real pleasure to use for travellers, workers and neighborhood.
DAUBERT Mathieu Aeroport de Paris
| Retail Director
After graduating from HEC, Mathieu Daubert started his career in London in 1995 as Strategy Advisor. In 1996, he joined Bon Marche department store (LVMH group) where he held successively, positions in sales, purchasing and management. Between 2002 and 2007, he worked for Printemps (PPR group) as Collection Manager within the Central Purchasing Departement.
In 2007, Mathieu Daubert joined the retail team of Aéroports de Paris.
About Aéroport de Paris:
Aéroports de Paris builds, develops and manages airports including Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. In 2011, Aéroports de Paris handled more than 88 million passengers and almost 2.5 million tons of freight and mail in Paris and 40 million passengers in airports abroad. With an exceptional geographic location and a major catchment area, the Group is pursuing its strategy of adapting and modernizing its terminal facilities and upgrading quality of services, and also intends to develop its retail and real estate business. In 2011, the group revenue stood at €2,502 million and the net income at €348 million