Posted: 07/03/2016

Time Out Market recruits former Daylesford and Harrods boss

Didier Souillat
Souillat has held senior positions at Harrods, Daylesford Organic, Selfridges and Hakkasan

Time Out has appointed a former director of Harrods food hall and Daylesford Organic to head its planned London and New York markets.

Didier Souillat has been hired as CEO to expand the publishing company’s Time Out Market concept, which was established after the its Lisbon publication took over operating the famous Mercado da Ribeira food market in Lisbon.

Souillat is expected to build a team over the next few months to push the company’s international expansion.

He joins Time Out from restaurant, hotel and nightclub group, Hakkasan, where he was Group COO, and more recently executive vice president of its restaurant business.

Prior to that, Souillat was managing director of Daylesford Organic for three years, spent four years at Selfridges as operations and business director, and three years as director of Harrods Food Halls.

Mercado da Ribeira Lisbon
Lisbon’s Mercado da Ribeira was taken over and revamped by cultural listings publisher Time Out

Lord Rose, the former M&S boss who was appointed chairman of Time Out Market in December, said Souillat had considerable experience at the very top of the retail and hospitality world, and he was are delighted to have him on board.

“Didier upheld the Michelin-starred quality of the dining experience at Hakkasan as the group expanded globally, and has an acute understanding of the consumer through his time at Harrods and Daylesford Organic,” he said.

The London market, which was announced in 2014, is likely to include food and drink stalls in addition to hosting art and cultural events, and is expected to open in 2017.

It will be followed by a market in New York with the brand also exploring possibilities to expand the concept in Sydney, Miami, Berlin, Dubai and Shanghai, where it has a strong brand presence.

The revamped Time Out Lisbon market, which opened in 2014, includes a food court comprising more than 30 food concessions and cafés around the sides of the indoor hall square and central dining area. It specialises in selling Portuguese food and traditional produce, while its upper floors houses a concert hall and gallery.

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