Pernod Ricard is back on the hunt for a new MD for its UK unit

Pernod Ricard is back on the hunt for a new MD for its UK unit

The UK arm of Pernod Ricard has confirmed that its incoming managing director has left the company.

David de Mardt, who had been lined up back in July as the replacement for Jean-Manuel Spriet in the UK, has resigned from Pernod altogether, “due to family reasons”. A spokesperson for Pernod Ricard UK confirmed de Mardt's decision to just-drinks today (13 September).

The deputy MD at the unit, Simon Thomas, said that Laurent Lacassagne, chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe will assume leadership of the division in the interim. A new MD will be announced “shortly”, he said.

De Mardt, who had been expected in the UK this month, had previously been MD of Pernod's South Africa unit.