Daniel Pomies joins Duty Free Americas from Neutral to drive ambitious new Uruguayan venture – 24/06/08

URUGUAY/US. UETA/Duty Free Americas (DFA) today announced the appointment of one of South America’s most respected and experienced industry executives, Daniel Pomies, to the position of General Manager of UETA/DFA’s new Uruguay Division.

Pomies has been involved in the duty free industry for more than 20 years. He was instrumental in the development of duty free shopping along Uruguay’s borders and in its airports. He joins UETA/DFA after more than 15 years as General Manager for Neutral, a company that he helped to transform into one of the leading duty free retailers in Uruguay and South America,

The shape of things to come: UETA/DFA is set to go upscale in Uruguay with a series of ambitious retail offers

UETA/DFA recently formed the Uruguay Division for the purpose of undertaking a highly ambitious retail project that will span several Uruguayan cities bordering with Brazil.

The group is investing more than US$20 million in this key project, which involves land acquisitions, as well as the construction of warehouse facilities and six upscale duty free shops that will carry the world’s leading luxury branded goods. The shops are scheduled to open in 2008 and 2009.

UETA/DFA President Leon Falic commented: “Daniel’s appointment reinforces our strategy to bring top talent to all levels of our operations. Daniel is intimately familiar with the duty free market along the border between Uruguay and Brazil, and he brings with him leadership skills, extensive retail knowledge and extraordinary experience in this field.

“UETA/DFA has made a long-term commitment in Uruguay, and I am confident that Daniel and his team will play a pivotal role in meeting the demands of this truly dynamic market and in contributing to the success of our business there.”

Daniel Pomies commented: “It is a real honour to start a new division for one of the leading duty free operators in the Western Hemisphere. I look forward to the challenge of implementing this large project and working with staff and suppliers to create a wonderful shopping experience and value for our customers.”

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