Simon Black
Simon Black
Executive Managing Director, Travel Retail & Consultancy
Harper Dennis Hobbs

In 2006 post the break-up of the BAA, Simon remained with Heathrow Airport and during his 8 years with Heathrow, he led the transformation of the luxury offer into the world class proposition it is today. Prior to joining HDH in 2017, Simon led the Travel Retail and International business at the British luxury brand Smythson. At HDH, Simon has grown the travel retail division into Europe’s largest travel retail advisory business leading projects in over 70 travel hubs across 32 different countries. HDH works with many of the world’s leading brands on their travel retail strategies, runs a specialist Wholesale Distribution business, and provides commercial consultancy services for airports, train stations, and cruise operators globally.
Under Simon’s leadership, HDH has developed commercial strategies and undertaken merchandising planning for many of Europe’s leading airports and worked on projects in countries from the US to Australia. Simon often speaks at key industry conferences and events and passionately champions change in commercial thinking in travel retail hubs across the world to drive newness and innovation in the industry.