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Glasgow Airport is delighted to announce the appointment of Francois Bourienne as Commercial Director.

Francois will take charge of the airport’s Commercial Team, and assume responsibility for growing all aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue streams including retail, property and car parking.

He joins from the Nuance Group (TNG), one of the world’s leading airport retail companies, after spending four years at their European headquarters in Zurich. Francois, who is 34, has relocated to the West End of Glasgow with his wife Sheila and is looking forward to the challenges of a new role, city, lifestyle and culture.

He said: “I think the airport and the city have huge potential. There is a large catchment area and a strong tradition of long-haul and leisure flights, however I strongly believe that we must target more European city routes and routes that have inbound potential. We want people to start their journey in Scotland at Glasgow!”

Francois believes moving from an airport retailer to the ‘landlord’ gives him a unique insight and added: “The commercial side of the business also has huge growth potential and I believe that my previous experience will prove important during negotiations.”

Francois hails from Normandy and graduated from Lyon EM Business School where he specialised in finance and law. Thereafter he worked with strategy consulting firms Ormis and Accenture before studying for an MBA at INSEAD. He then worked for Bain and Company in Paris and joined TNG in Zurich in 2006.

Amanda McMillan, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, is delighted to have Francois on board. She said: “This is a fantastic appointment for Glasgow Airport as Francois has a very impressive track record with experience of both strategic and operational roles.

“I am convinced he has the drive and energy to succeed as Commercial Director by not only expanding our route network, but also by freshening up the other commercial areas of the business with some new ideas.”

Francois is currently holding a series of meetings with his new team and other senior operational managers at the airport so that he gains a detailed understanding of the opportunities and issues surrounding the business at this point in time.

He said: “Glasgow Airport has a reputation for operational excellence and a strong and experienced management team. I have also noticed a lot of positive energy in the commercial team, and hopefully I can add a new dimension to that.”