Frank O’Connell retired as Director Retail, Dublin Airport Authority (daa) in 2008. Frank is currently the Chairperson of the World Duty Free Association and also handles European Retail Affairs for the daa on a consultancy basis.
During his time in Aer Rianta International (ARI) / daa Mr O’Connell filled the role of Corporate Marketing Manager and General Manager Trading before taking up the role of Director Retail with responsibility for all retailing and food and beverage activities at the three Irish airports of Dublin, Cork and Shannon.
Mr O’Connell served as Commercial Director at Dusseldorf Airport between 1998 and 2000 and recently retired as a member of the Supervisory Board of Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH having served nine years on the board.
Mr. O’Connell specialises in Travel Retail. He is Vice-President of the Paris based European Travel Retail Council (ETRC), is co-author of the book “European Airport Retailing, Growth Strategies for the next Millennium” and has written extensively on airport retailing.
He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Stirling, is a graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and holds an MA degree from Dublin City University (DCU).