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Emmanuel de Place joined Lagardère Services in 1996 after graduating from the Paris-based High Business School, ESCP-Europe. He started working for the company’s Canadian subsidiary for press distribution, where he was appointed Commercial and Marketing Director.
In 2002, he moved to Romania as the Managing Director of Lagardère’s new retail subsidiary in the country. There, he developed a network of 150 retail stores in a few years, offering news and convenience products in travel environments as well as in the numerous and dynamic shopping malls that opened in the emerging country around this time.
In September 2007 Emmanuel joined the head office of Lagardère Travel Retail in Paris as Executive Vice-President, in charge of the business in Germany and central European countries, before becoming a member of the company’s Executive Committee in 2009.
Appointed COO of Lagardère Travel Retail for Asia Pacific in 2010, Emmanuel now manages and develops the businesses across Asia and the Pacific, overseeing operations in 9 countries with more than 350 stores in duty free, travel essentials and food service.