Aelia Group has announced the appointment of Fin Casey as managing director for Aelia UK, its UK & Ireland division. Casey will be responsible for the ongoing management of the existing tax and duty-free and fashion retail businesses.
His duties will include business development across all major retailing activities of the retailer’s parent company, Lagardère Services and working alongside Aelia UK operations manager Phil Manning. He will report directly to Aelia Group chairman and CEO Jean-Baptiste Morin.
Aelia UK operations include retail onboard Irish Ferries as well as tax and duty- free and specialty retail in London Luton and Belfast International airports. Earlier this year the company began operating in London Heathrow at a new Longchamp boutique in terminal one.
A former vice-chairman of the ACI Europe Commercial Forum he also spent four years as business development director at the travel-retail division of WHSmith, where he spearheaded the company’s international development strategy. Casey said: "This is a company with huge potential, a strong legacy and an extremely sound financial base. The ambition, ethics and vision at the heart of the organisation has been a key factor in identifying Aelia and Lagardère Services as a fantastic environment in which to work. I look forward to playing a part in the next chapter of this story and am delighted to be working with yet another key player in the travel-retail sector, my second ‘home’ since 1995"
Aelia President & CEO Jean-Baptiste Morin said: “With his background and huge experience in the UK travel-retail market, Casey is a significant addition to Aelia Group’s organisation. We are committed to growing and developing our business lines in the UK, and believe a stronger organisation will support this strategic ambition.”