Padraig Drennan has over 25 years of retail experience working with some of the world’s most iconic retailers and brands. He played a key role introducing Disney’s Stores into France, Germany, Spain and Italy in his six years with the company. During his eight years with Gap, Padraig was a key member of the International Division and instrumental in the company’s market expansion into France, the UK and Germany.
For the past ten years, Padraig has held various roles in the travel retail sector. He led World Duty Free’s UK business across large-scale operations at London Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh airports. Moving to the US in 2012, Padraig built World Duty Free as a major player in the North American airport industry, leading the company to win numerous awards for outstanding design and customer service in collaboration with Denis Snow, one of the original creators of the Disney’s Guest Service Program. Padraig’s international retail expertise was critical to the development of the Luxury Arcade at Vancouver International Airport, recognised as North America’s #1 airport retail for five consecutive years.
In January 2017, Padraig joined Stellar Partners Inc. as President/CEO with the main focus of growing the company’s travel retail operations. His solid background and expertise in the travel retail industry has led Stellar to accelerated growth and development with over US$260 million a year in sales. Since March 2012, Padraig has been a Board Member at the International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores (IAADFS), which promotes the airport duty free industry as an important segment of the international business community. Padraig also serves on the Board of Airports Council International (ACI), which represents airports’ interests with governments and international organisations.