Laurent Guitart has over 22 years of experience in retail with wide experience across verticals – including hypermarket, central purchase and leading international franchise of convenience stores. Currently, Guitart is the CEO of Convenience Arabia, Circle K master franchise in the UAE. Guitart grew the Circle K UAE business to 36 convenience stores, signed premium locations as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Queen Elisabeth II Hotel and also partnered with Dubai Summer Sport Event in Dubai World Trade Center. The number of Circle K customers increased from 4.6 to 6 million per annum. Prior to join Circle K, Guitart was the general manager of retail subsidiary of DAS Holding based in Abu Dhabi. From 2006-11 Guitart was in charge of Hyperpanda non-food purchase & merchandising department in Dubai Festival City branch. Prior to 2006, he was head of non-food in Geant Casino in France for a period of eight years. Guitart holds a Bachelor of Commerce and retail with a Major in Negotiation from Rive Gauche University, France.