Sarah Branquinho hails ‘tremendous honour’ of Lifetime Award

Sarah Branquinho was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Frontier Awards 2013 in Cannes

World Duty Free Group Business Relations and External Affairs Director and ETRC President Sarah Branquinho has said her Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the Frontier Awards last week, was “completely unexpected” and “a tremendous honour”.

Branquinho received a standing ovation at the ceremony at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes as she took the award in recognition of her work in travel retail.

Branquinho, known for her lobbying on behalf of the industry, is actively engaged with a number of EU institutions and is heavily involved in philanthropic work, including the co-founding and chairing of The Lotus Flower Trust. The trust has established 21 schools and home building projects across India and given thousands of children access to education and a safe place to live.

Branquinho said: “The awards ceremony was an emotional evening for the whole [WDFG] team. We were so delighted to be recognised as Airport Retailer of the Year and receiving the Partnership Initiative of the Year award [with Luxottica] is symbolic of the relationships we seek to create and build with our brand partners.

“On top of that, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award was simply fantastic and completely unexpected. I am proud to be part of such a great company that supports its staff in giving back to the wider industry, and to the community, as well as delivering for the company itself. It is a tremendous honour to receive this award and to be part of such a great team,” she said.

World Duty Free Group CEO Jose Maria Palencia Saucedo added: “It is both a pleasure and an honour to work with Sarah. Her exceptional abilities, enthusiasm and personality make her a very valued and respected person for everyone in World Duty Free Group. This award is a well deserved recognition by the entire industry, of her great work and invaluable contribution.”

Sarah Branquinho (right) with Mairead Sorenson of Butlers Chocolates (sponsor of the award) and Frontier magazine’s Kristiane Henney (left)
Sarah Branquinho speaks after accepting the award in Cannes
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