The Scotch whisky group Whyte and Mackay is to lose three senior managers to rivals, the Scotsman reported yesterday.

Finance director Scott McCroskie is to join drinks distributor Maxxium, which includes The Famous Grouse in its portfolio. McCroskie will join in April as finance director of its UK & Ireland region.

Whyte and Mackay's UK sales director Alan Lowndes and bulk sales director Nick Swan, meanwhile, are both joining William Grant & Sons. The pair are going to he own-label division QSI.

The Scotman reported that the reasons for the departures remains unclear. However, Whyte and Mackay has been undergoing a significant restructuring programme, resulting in a number of high profile personnel changes, including the departure of former director Brian Megson.