The Tax Free World Association has confirmed the appointment of a managing director.

The travel retail industry body, whose CEO, Olivier Charriaud, stepped down in April, said late last week that Alain Maingreaud has become MD. Maingreaud has been the exhibitions & business development director of the association since 2007, prior to which he was commercial director.

Reporting to TFWA's president, Erik Juul-Mortensen, Maingreaud will assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the association and for the leadership of the executive team in the development of TFWA and its activities. He assumed the position at the beginning of this month.

“Alain is held in high regard by the board and management committee, by the many business partners associated with our events, and by the staff,” said Juul-Mortensen. “We look forward to working with Alain in his new position and to continuing to develop and deliver successful events for the global duty free and travel retail industry.’’

TFWA's next exhibition returns to Cannes in October.