Jochen Schmidt is the vice president of distribution and real estate at Swarovski AG, a family-owned crystal business run by the fifth generation of the Swarovski family. Jochen and team oversee the full lifecycle of retail spaces worldwide from a leasing and rental perspective. In his previous role he managed the design, engineering, and roll out of architectural concepts. Jochen holds an MBA from the Academy for Administration and Economics in Nuremberg, Germany. He has also completed a postgraduate degree as a retail real estate economist at the International Real Estate Business School in Hamburg.