2014 Programme

09:00 - 11:30

TFWA World Conference

Grand Auditorium (Level 1), Palais des Festivals
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2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the founding of TFWA, and the milestone was celebrated in style at the Conference that opened the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference. Once again, delegates heard from a prestigious and diverse range of speakers, providing a memorable start to a busy week of networking.

Erik Juul-Mortensen, President, TFWA
In an auspicious year for TFWA as it enters its fourth decade, the Association’s President charted the progress of the duty free & travel retail industry from the origins of TFWA back in 1985 through to the present day. He reflected on how the industry’s historic capacity to confront challenge offers grounds for optimism in its future.  


Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), 65th US Secretary of State
The son of Jamaican immigrants to the US, Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted over 50 years of his life to public service, first in the US Army where his 35-year career culminated in his nomination as four-star general, and later as National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and finally Secretary of State under George W. Bush. In Cannes he discussed notions of leadership in challenging times, a theme his military and political career has made him uniquely well placed to address. 

Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Air France-KLM
Overseeing the largest long-haul network on departure from Europe, Alexandre de Juniac is one of the leading figures in the aviation industry. He addressed the challenges facing the airline business amid ever-fluctuating trading conditions, as Air France-KLM seeks to build on its position of leadership a decade on from the merger of the French and Dutch flag carriers.