December 10 2018  |  Fragrances, Cosmetics, Skincare & Haircare

Bluedog makes key appointment as travel retail grows

By Mary Jane Pittilla


Debbie Ansell is the latest member of Bluedog Productions’ eight-strong team

Production and events company Bluedog Productions Ltd is expanding its UK-based team to reflect a rapidly growing travel retail presence.

The latest member of the eight-strong team, on a part-time consultancy basis, is Debbie Ansell, who has joined Bluedog to head Business Development within the beauty sector.

Ansell brings over 35 years of retail buying experience to Bluedog, including 12 years with World Duty Free (Dufry Group), during which time she led the luxury sector and was Commercial Director for the UK and Germany.

She was principally Head of Beauty – a role that was responsible for all store redevelopments, including the flagship London Heathrow T5. She was also involved in integration projects with Alpha and Aldeasa, while creating strong relationships with brand partners.

Said Bluedog CEO & Founder Nick King: “We’re delighted to welcome Debbie to the team; she brings unparalleled experience of and contacts within the global travel retail beauty industry. More than that, she has built close working relationships with beauty companies worldwide, earning an impeccable reputation for recognizing the potential of emerging brands with many first-to-market successes. This, plus her deep understanding of the unique complexities of in-store theatre and passenger engagement and strong relationships with airports across the globe, makes her a real asset to Bluedog as we continue to grow our footprint in global travel retail.”

Added Ansell: “Having worked in retail for so many years and luxury retail for the past 12, I have seen the varied levels of in-store theatre and activations – and have often experienced the additional workload required when things don't go well.

“Bluedog has proved itself to be not only very professional but also very creative in all the projects I've been involved with. They make sure that they understand the requirements of all stakeholders to produce an end result that everyone is delighted with.

“I'm very pleased to have been asked to work with Nick King and his team at Bluedog and to be associated with a company for whom I have great admiration. I look forward to catching up soon with many of my friends and colleagues within the beauty industry.”

Bluedog aims to help brands deliver “sparks of inspiration to turn heads with a constant eye on the big picture”.

Its portfolio includes fashion shows, sports sponsorship, conferences, award events, airport retail, product launches, experiential events, fundraising events, trade stands, and bespoke design and build projects.

“Global travel retail is a growing division for Bluedog and we’re delighted to be working with an increasing number of retailers, brands and awards companies each year,” added King. “We’ll shortly be announcing another key new member of the team, again a well known and respected travel retail industry executive, so watch this space.”

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