July 9 2024  |  Industry News

Overseas Distribution Company to open in Dubai, Paul Murray as CEO Middle East

By Laura Shirk


Paul Murray is set to join Overseas Distribution Company in Dubai in August

Overseas Distribution Company (ODC) is opening a new commercial and logistics office in Dubai, where industry specialist, Paul Murray, will join the business as CEO Middle East and run the regional operations.

Manuel Demaerel, Commercial Director at ODC, said, “Dubai’s location is a strategic choice providing favorable logistics facilities and infrastructure, to provide our brand partners efficient distribution and supply chain solutions across the Middle East, Indian Ocean, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. We are in the process of setting up the legal entity in Dubai and we anticipate this completing in the coming months. We look forward to a long and successful collaboration working with Paul in Dubai, to offer an extended route to market for our partners.”

ODC works with leading brands across the tobacco, beer, wine and spirits, confectionery, perfume and cosmetics categories.

Murray, who will join the ODC business in August, has over 25 years’ experience in travel retail, most recently in a senior management position at MMI in Dubai.

“I’m delighted to be joining ODC at this exciting time for the company’s expansion which will allow us to deliver a platform offering regional and localized distribution solutions to our partner brands bringing them closer to market, reducing both lead times and reaction times to enhance speed and delivery through regional stock holding in Dubai,” Murray said.

“Our key focus will be maintaining our proven world-class speed to market supply chain expertise and providing turnkey solutions to connect our partners with key travel retail customers across the Middle East, Indian Ocean, Africa and Asia Pacific regions, underpinned by excellent service and quality standards.

“With his breadth of industry experience across strategic planning, development and execution of airline and airport businesses in the Middle East – spanning full management of 30+ FMCG brand partnerships across multiple duty free shop operators, alcohol category management for airlines, airport lounges and F&B outlets, Murray is the perfect fit to grow ODC’s reach and new business in the Middle East,” ODC said.

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