About Us

WHAT WE DO

Duty Free Global (DFG) is a specialised wines and spirits brand partner with a carefully selected portfolio. We are focused on building brands in Duty Free and Travel Retail worldwide and our portfolio is one that truly reflects this industry’s needs. As experienced brand partners, we have extensive route to market knowledge and an expert understanding of the requirements of Duty Free retail operators in this specialised channel.

OUR MISSION & VISION

DFG is a one-stop global brand partner that offers a diversified and unique range of wines and spirits to travel retailers worldwide, whilst also responding to new emerging trends in the marketplace. We are a flexible, long-term and dedicated partner, committed to creating opportunities and customised solutions for brands and retailers in Global Travel Retail.

Why Work With Us

Global Reach

Global Reach

DFG offers a diversified team, based in specific locations, providing a global reach and regional knowledge for brand owners.

Regional Specialisation

Regional Specialisation

Each member of our team is specialised in their different regions. This ensures that all local factors, such as ranging and culture, are considered to ensure a tailored offer by region for our brand partners.

Product Experience

Product Experience

The DFG Team has over 40 years of experience in the global beverage and travel retail business.

Industry Experience

Industry Experience

Our team consists of enthusiastic personalities who are passionate, with a lot of experience in the Global Travel Retail environment, and who fully understand the requirements of our customers.

OUR OPERATOR PARTNERS

OUR TRAVEL RETAIL LOCATIONS

MEET THE TEAM

BARRY GEOGHEGAN
Owner & Commercial Director

Irish born and based, Barry Geoghegan began in the wine industry in 1989, later obtaining the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Diploma in 1995. In further studies, he was one of only 10 people in the world to study for the first ever Wine MBA at Bordeaux Business School in 2001, where he gained a first class honours degree.

He loves to share his learnings and experience, and over the last 15 years has taught many others on the WSET diploma course, as well as training many Duty Free and Travel Retail operator teams around the globe.

His interest in the industry began with his family, whose involvement in the industry for over 50 years has given him additional insight and knowledge, particularly in the Middle East and Asia.

NATHALIE ROELANDS
Chief Operations Officer

Born in The Netherlands and based in Belgium, Nathalie Roelands finished her studies in  Public Relations and Communication Management in Antwerp in 2007 and straightaway started in the Duty Free and Travel Retail business, with now with over 13 years of experience in the channel.

Nathalie’s main focus is looking after all the Global Key Accounts including Dufry, Lagadère, Heinemann etc.

KERRI JUDGE
Brand & Marketing Manager

Born and raised in Dublin, Kerri brings with her over fourteen years of experience within the Wine & Spirits industry, including four of those working alongside Barry in the Irish market. She brings extensive marketing and client service expertise, having previously worked in full-service agencies where she managed and grew a portfolio of Irish and International brands.

Kerri completed the WSET Diploma in 2007 and more recently a Diploma in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership from University College Dublin’s Innovation Academy, and her passion is in collaborating with brand owners where creativity and innovation are to the fore. She joins the Duty Free Global family to work alongside their fantastic brand partners and customers.

JOHN KILMARTIN

John Kilmartin is an internationally experienced Travel Retail Executive with close to 30 years’ experience in the Travel Retail channel. He has dual experience having worked both with both operator “Aer Rianta International” and Sales and Marketing with Patron Spirits International.

With ARI he held a number of Senior Leadership Executive roles in Commercial Operations, Business Development, Procurement and Supply Chain, in Locations as diverse as Russia / CIS and North America.

He left ARI to Spearhead and to lead the expansion of Patron Spirits International as Vice President Global Travel Retail the expansion and development. John led the GTR Division where he was at the forefront in setting Patron’s international expansions strategy and developing Patron Tequila into a truly global brand within GTR.

John lives in Switzerland and main focus is in Central and Eastern Europe/Russia CIS.

JOHN GALLAGHER

John Gallagher has worked with a broad range of iconic spirits brands throughout his career in both travel retail and domestic channels.

John recalls that his first duty free experience was designing a light box transparency for Teachers Scotch Whisky for Gatwick Airport, back in 1981. Gallagher also worked for United Distillers (Diageo) and Invergordon Distillers (taken over by Whyte & Mackay) before joining Larios SA in Spain to spearhead international expansion prior to the company joining the Pernod Ricard stable.

In 2008 Gallagher set up his own consultancy company and has worked on projects for a number of companies including, Hunter Laing, Danzka-Behn and Zamora International.

John lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and his  main focus will be LATAM.

MICHAEL PASTERNAK

Michael Pasternak has been working in the duty free and travel retail industry for almost two decades and continues to work with respected industry publication Travel Markets Insider, where he serves as Executive Editor with a focus on wines and spirits.

He has been involved in the industry since he was a teenager and duty free is in his blood. His favourite stories to write have always been about wine and spirits and he has developed a passion for the category.

Michael lives in Florida and his main region will be North America.