About Us

The Australian Duty Free Association (ADFA) is a national association of the leading stores in Australian tourism retailing.

Founded in 1977, ADFA’s members operate throughout Australia. The duty free industry turns over in excess of $700 million per year and provides jobs and export opportunities to Australian manufacturers, particularly in fashion, arts and crafts.

Management and Board

Chief Executive Officer – Steven Clarke                  

Steven Clarke has over 25 years business experience encompassing senior management, financial control, relationship banking, project finance and chartered accounting. In addition to many years experience in the duty free industry in Australia Steven has worked for organisations including Westpac, KPMG, ANZ and Citadel Mining Group (acquired by Equinox).

The board of directors is comprised of industry representatives and currently includes:

Milton Lasnitzki – CEO of JR Duty Free        

Milton Lasnitzki is Chief Executive Officer and director of JR Group – a leading Australian and New Zealand duty free operator which is part of the James Richardson Group. Milton has had over 10 years experience in the duty free industry in Australia

Matthieu Mercier – CEO Pacific Lagardere travel retail 

Beginning his career as a controller with the Lagardère Services group in North America within the group’s retail and distribution businesses, Matt’s position enabled him to develop a deep understanding of the business and travel retail market. Returning to France, Matt joined the Relay France division of Lagardère Travel Retail, a European leader in travel retail. He was appointed CEO of the business in Central Europe where he led the significant growth and expansion of the business in travel retail and duty free, particularly in Bulgaria. In 2012 Matt was appointed CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail – Pacific. Since moving to Australia he has led the development within the Pacific to deliver the company’s strategic objective of broadening the travel retail channels of Duty Free & Luxury and Foodservice.

Michael Bell –  DFS Australia                  

Michael Bell is Operations and Control manager for Oceania division of DFS Australia. DFS Australia is a global duty free business operating in 11 countries and across three continents.

Mark Levy – Director Duty Free Concept – Cairns                    

Mark Levy is a leading duty free operator in Cairns and has had over 35 year retail industry experience

Constantin W. Wiesmann – Managing Director of Heinemann Australia             

Constantin W. Wiesmann is Managing Director of Heinemann Australia, a subsidiary of the family owned German Travel Retailer Gebr. Heinemann which is active on all continents. Constantin has over 9 years of Travel Retail experience in Central  and Eastern Europe, Asia as well as in Australia. Follow this link for further details.

Philippe Boyer – The Nuance Group                  

Philippe Boyer is CEO of Nuance Australia. Philippe has over 25 years’ experience in retail, spent in general merchandise, fashion and department stores as well as travel retail in New Zealand and Australia. .