Frontier Awards Judges 2018

Hailing from all around the globe and with experience spanning every aspect of the trinity, this year’s line-up is perfectly placed to analyse and evaluate the wealth of entries we expect to receive.

Rachel Bulford
Head of Retail
Gatwick Airport

Rachel became head of retail at Gatwick Airport in October 2016, where she is responsible for 82 shops and 36 restaurants. The stores at Gatwick include Harrods, SuperDry, Jo Malone, Next, Ted Baker and Dixons with Jamie Oliver’s The Diner, Wagamama, Nandos and Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store bar and café among the airport’s restaurants. 

Cambridge graduate Rachel joined Gatwick having held a variety of roles across the retail sector.  Rachel started her career at Marks and Spencer including working in international development for the retailer in India, Russia and South Korea.  Following this Rachel moved to luxury fashion retailer Burberry’s retail operations team in emerging markets before going on to OC&C Strategy Consultants and Homebase before taking up her current role at Gatwick.

Ramesh Cidambi
Chief Operating Officer
Dubai Duty Free

Ramesh is the chief operating officer of Dubai Duty Free (DDF) and is responsible for all aspects of the company's operation, reporting to the executive vice-chairman and CEO. His responsibilities include both the retail and leisure business of DDF.

Prior to his promotion to his current role, Ramesh held a variety of senior positions in the company with responsibility for areas such as information technology, logistics, retail development at both of Dubai’s airports covering over 36,000 square metres of retail space, and the DDF Leisure business by way of the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Irish Village Bar and Restaurant. 

He has been with DDF for over thirty years, during which time it has grown to be one of the world’s largest airport retailers in a single location with sales of just under $2bn. He also maintains his links with the domestic retail market through the chairmanship of a Merchants’ Advisory Board and as a board member of Dubai’s Retail Business Group. His primary leisure interests are sailing (with his wife Alpana) and the practice of Iyengar yoga. 

Patrick Nilson

Patrick Gunnar Nilson is the president of Haleybrooke International, a global spirits agency representing brands in travel retail, duty free and the military.  Beginning with only one brand to represent, Haleybrooke has expanded its portfolio to more than 30 at present.

Prior to establishing his own business, Patrick worked for over 25 years as an executive, building relationships with Seagram’s national accounts/duty free/military customers from all areas of the world.  Although he left Seagram in 2001when the company was sold to Diageo and Pernod Ricard, he continued to nurture these relationships and has forged strategic partnerships that have developed into mutually rewarding business opportunities. 

Haleybrooke has brought success to its brands with its committed focus on boutique style, high quality, super-premium brands. Haleybrooke’s current key brands include Bottega SpA, Whitley Neill Gin, The Pogues Irish Whiskey, Louis Royer Cognac, Laboure-Roi Burgundy wines, Snow Queen Organic Vodka, Mozart Liqueur, Freixenet Cava, Red Eye Louie’s Vodquila and Wild Tiger Rum.

 Patrick enjoys jogging and sports cars and currently resides in Warwick, New York where he lives with his wife, Leslee; they enjoy time spent with their son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, who also live in the farming community of Warwick. 

Miriam Richter
Global Travel Retail Marketing Director
Lindt & Sprüngli

Miriam is the global travel retail marketing director at Lindt & Sprüngli, based in Switzerland. She is an accomplished marketing professional with more than 14 years’ experience of managing and directing brands and marketing campaigns within Lindt and other consumer goods companies.

German in origin, Miriam started her professional life doing consultancy work before heading for a trainee programme at a renowned Global FMCG company. After stints in several different European countries and categories, Miriam started working for Lindt in 2012. Since 2014 Miriam has been responsible for leading the marketing department of Lindt Travel Retail, responsible for its innovation programme, POS development and activation of Lindt & Sprüngli at all airports and other travel retail points of sale. Most of all, she is focused on ensuring that the magic and chocolate competence of the Lindt Maître Chocolatier is spread around the world  

Miriam is a dynamic leader, very flexible and driven by a high consumer and customer-orientation. Her “moments of bliss” find her with her family in the Swiss mountains, on the yoga mat attempting to channel inner peace, or running by the lake and enjoying the beautiful Swiss landscape.

Paul Topping
Flemingo International
Paul Topping has over 30 years’ experience in the travel retail industry. His valuable contribution to the industry was recognised at the 2015 Frontier Awards, when he was honoured with the highest accolade in the industry, the Lifetime Achievement award. 

Paul has held a number of senior management roles in travel retail companies including the Forte Group, Alpha Retail, Aldeasa and Heinemann. He is currently a director with Flemingo International , a partner in Soma Vineyards, Bangalore, India and is known to many as “the wine man of Sri Lanka”, a title that reflects his efforts in developing the liquor market in that country. 

He was a key driver in the creation of the Travel Retail Tsunami Village and continues to work on education programmes for children. An accomplished and entertaining public speaker, Paul became a published author in November 2017 with the international launch of his first book, The Whinging Pome: To The Point, a tongue-in-check commentary on his worldwide travels.
Patricia Wang
Vice-President of the Merchandising Department

Patricia is the vice-president of the merchandising department at the Everrich Corporation in Taiwan. With over 20 years’ travel retail industry experience, she is responsible for the buying strategy and commercial development across all 17 operations of Everrich duty free shops based in the country. 

In recent years Patricia has successfully managed and set up the 20,000-square-metre Taipei downtown duty free store and more than 25,000 square metres at Kinmen duty free plaza. Throughout her career, she has built and managed relationships with global suppliers and also specialised in analysing sales performance and forecasting market trends. 

Patricia possesses a decisive and lively personality and is full of curiosity, believing that there is always something new to be discovered in daily life. As a global traveller, as well as a passionate shopper, she loves to explore different things and that is partly what makes her a merchandising leader in the travel retail industry. 

What will the judges look for?

The judges will look through all the electronic submissions and will score entries on the following:

  • Innovation and originality
  • Creative concept and execution
  • Business acumen and results
  • Perceived effectiveness in meeting the marketing/sales objectives and communicating with the target group (and also with the judges)

When will the entries be judged? 

Judging will take place in July 2018 and soon after a shortlist of the nominees will be published. Please note that the winners will not be revealed until the awards ceremony taking place in Cannes on Wednesday 3 October, 2018.