Ramesh Cidambi is the Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Duty Free (DDF) and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operation and reporting to the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin. His responsibilities include both the retail and leisure business of DDF. Prior to his current role, Cidambi has held a variety of senior positions in the company with responsibility for areas such as information technology, logistics, retail development in both of Dubai’s airports and the DDF Leisure business through the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Irish Village Bar and Restaurant (in two locations). He has been with DDF for over 30 years, and during which time it has grown to be one of the world’s largest airport retailers in a single location with sales of just under $2 billion in 2017. He also maintains his links with the domestic retail market through the Network International’s Merchants Advisory Board, VISA Advisory Council for CEMEA and within the Steering Committee of the Retail Business Group (under the Dubai Chamber of Commerce).