Pedro J. Castro Benitez
Pedro J. Castro Benitez
International Operations Director,
World Duty Free Group

Pedro Castro was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands in 1967. He studied at the German School at Las Palmas and got his University Degree in Administration and Political Science from the Complutense University in Madrid in 1991, specializing in Foreign Affairs. He was awarded a Masters in International Relations at the Spanish Diplomatic School in Madrid and then became specialized in foreign trade through several courses with the Chamber of Commerce, Junta de AndalucĂ­a and finally ICEX, the Spanish official foreign trade institution.

He started his professional career as an intern with ICEX at the Spanish Embassy in Santiago de Chile, later becoming Market Analyst in the same office. He joined duty free retailer Aldeasa in 1998 as General Manager for Chile, becoming Managing Director for Canariensis/Aldeasa in Spain in 2000.

Three years later Pedro was named CEO of Aldeasa Jordan and development director for the eastern region, also overseeing the retailer’s Kuwait operation. In December 2006 he was appointed as Operations Director for Spain.

Currently he holds the position of International Operations Director for WDFG, managing its duty free operations in 15 countries. He has been a board member of ASUTIL since 2010.