Executive Conference Sessions

The 2019 Summit of the Americas offered high quality Executive Conference Sessions targeted to the duty free and travel retail industry. The Executive Conference Sessions took place the following days:

  • Monday, March 25 – 8:30 am to 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, March 26 – 8:30 am to 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, March 27 – 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Below are the speakers from the Executive Conference Sessions. Click on the session titles to download copies of the session presentations.

Monday, March 25

8:30 - 9:00 am
Welcome and Official Opening
   Erasmo Orillac, CEO of Motta Internacional, SA, and Chairman, IAADFS
   Gustavo Fagundes, CEO of Dufry do Brasil and Bolivia, and President, ASUTIL

Erasmo Orillac Gustavo Fagundes

9:00 - 10:00 am
Buyer and Supplier Panel: Plotting a Positive Travel Retail Future in An Uncertain World
Martin Moodie, founder of The Moodie Davitt Report (then called The Moodie Report) and 2017 Frontier Award Winner for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, will conduct a prestigious panel composed of some of the main players of the duty free and travel retail industry. These highly respected representatives will discuss and outline their vision for the future of the industry in this world of uncertainties. Moderated by Martin, they will provide a significant perspective from the fragrances & cosmetics, liquors & spirits, tobacco, and operators viewpoint.

   Yannick Raynaud, Managing Director Duty Free & Travel Retail Americas, L'Oreal
   Marshall Farrer, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide
   Mariana Stangl, Worldwide Duty Free Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager, JT International, S.A.
   Rene Riedi, Divisional CEO Latin America & Caribbean, Dufry Americas
   Moderated by Martin Moodie, The Moodie Davitt Report

Yannick Raynaud Marshall Farrer Mariana Stangl Rene Riedi Martin Moodie

Tuesday, March 26

8:30 - 9:15 am
Meet the Millennials: The Tourists to Change It All
Millennials are changing travel for the better by searching for real experiences. They want to see the world and discover what is in their own backyard. Understand them and get to know them. Millennial travel habits and online activity is changing the face of travel, tourism and hospitality as a whole. Baby boomer marketing doesn't work on millennials, they require a totally different conversation. We have to step up our game. Millennials are ready to travel.

   Barbara Wold, International Speaker, Author, and Business Strategist, Barbara Wold International

Barbara Wold

9:15 - 10:00 am
Duty Free and Travel Retail Shopper Behavior and Expectations of the Different Generations
m1nd-set presents interesting insights about travel retail shopper behavior and expectations of the different generations in the Americas, highlighting opportunities and threats to increase footfall and conversation rates, especially in the area of digitalization and humanization.  Additionally, the presentation shows new consumer behavior insights about Chinese shoppers in the Americas, including key trends for 2019.

   Peter Mohn, CEO & Co-Owner, m1nd-set
   Anna Marchesini, Project Manager, m1nd-set

Peter Mohn Anna Marchesini

Wednesday, March 27

8:30 - 9:15 am
Copa Airlines Overview and Latin America Aviation Outlook 

Latin America is forecasted to be one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, yet it faces political and economic challenges. Hear from one of the leading airlines in the region, Copa Airlines, how they are dealing with the current challenges and opportunities and hear their views on the future of Latin America’s aviation industry.

   Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Holdings and Copa Airlines

Pedro Heilbron

State of the Air Transport Industry in the Americas

Discussing the region's largest opportunities and challenges to maximize aviation's economic and social benefits and to prepare for the doubling of passengers over the next 20 years.

   Peter Cerdá, Regional Vice President - The Americas, International Air Transport Association

Peter Cerdá

9:15 - 9:45 am
What Do We Expect from the United States, Brazil and Argentina in 2019? Good News or Bad News

In his presentation, Carlos Melconian will focus on the following themes:

  • the current situation and the outlook for the US economy;
  • an analysis of the present and perspectives for Brazil’s economy in the Bolsonaro administration; and
  • a thorough look at Argentina’s economic situation and outlook in the context of multiple macro policy challenges and pending structural reforms during this presidential election year.

   Carlos Melconian, Director, M&S Consultores

Carlos Melconian

9:45 - 10:00 am
Closing Ceremony
   José Luis Donagaray, Secretario General, ASUTIL
   Michael Payne, President & CEO, IAADFS

José Luis Donagaray Michael Payne

Participation in the Executive Conference Sessions was open to all registered attendees.