TFWA Asia Pacific Hainan Edition
Head of Corporate Affairs and Compliance (Global Travel Retail), Imperial Brands
Board Member, Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association

A graduate of Political Science from Nijmegen (Netherlands), Münster (Germany) and Princeton (USA), Dr Jennifer Cords has over 10 years of experience in campaigning, communication, public and corporate affairs. Early in her career she worked as a lobbyist for German small and medium-sized enterprises in Hannover, Berlin and Brussels, including a government-led “Invest in Germany” promotional tour of the US and Canada, working with embassies and the Goethe Institute. 

In 2010 she joined Imperial Brands, the fourth-biggest tobacco company in the world, becoming a key member of Imperial’s duty free management team. She is an expert on regulations in all designated duty free areas such as airports, border stores, military, airlines, diplomatic stores, ferries and cruises. Imperial’s Duty Free team operates from offices in Bristol, Hamburg, Fort Lauderdale, Hong Kong and Athens. 

Jennifer is an active member of several trade associations on behalf of Imperial Brands, and is a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association and a Management Committee member of TFWA.

Jennifer lives in Hamburg and has two young daughters aged four and one.