March 19 2013  |  People

Villiger expands export team

By Ryan White

Kimis Gavalas (left) joins the company as Export Director for Africa, Middle East and Asia (excluding Greater China), including duty free/travel retail markets, while Rex Zhu comes onboard as Export Director Greater China, including China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan

Villiger has expanded its export team with two new appointments. Kimis Gavalas joins the company as Export Director for Africa, Middle East and Asia (excluding Greater China), including duty free/travel retail markets. Kimis will also take the responsibility for Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. Rex Zhu comes onboard as Export Director Greater China, including China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Area Export Manager Lydia Garcia will concentrate her efforts in developing Villiger in Central and South America. All report to Senior Vice President Export Gert Kamphuis. Back office support for export remains in the hands of Susanne Hunziker and Samuel Lienert.

“We are delighted to welcome Kimis and Rex to the Villiger team,” says Kamphuis. “Kimis has many years’ experience in the tobacco industry and knows the region very well. I am confident that he will prove a great asset in building Villiger’s export and duty free business in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Rex also brings wide ranging experience to the Villiger team and will be fundamental in building our business in the rapidly growing Greater China region.”

Kimis will be located in Athens, Greece, and can be contacted at +30 69 74 999 493 or ioakeim.gavalas@villiger.ch. Rex will be based in Hong Kong and can be contacted at +852 91 39 7828/+86 159 85 668 8109 or hao.zhu@villiger.ch

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