Exclusive - UK: Whyte & Mackay CEO departs

By | 8 August 2013

Whyte & Mackay confirmed the departure of John Beard to just-drinks today

Whyte & Mackay confirmed the departure of John Beard to just-drinks today

Whyte & Mackay's CEO has left the company, just-drinks can exclusively reveal. 

John Beard has “left the business”, a spokesperson for the Scotch whisky producer confirmed earlier today (8 August). The company declined to comment further on the matter, and no-one was available at Whyte & Mackay when contacted by just-drinks this morning.

Beard joined Whyte & Mackay in early-2009. He had previously been CEO of Bacardi and Brown-Forman's sales and marketing JV in the UK, from late-2005 to July 2008.

Beard leaves Whyte & Mackay as he joined it; with the company's ownership in some confusion. In March 2009, reports suggested that Whyte & Mackay's parent company, The UB Group's United Spirits (USL), was considering selling off the division in its entirety.

While no such divestment came to fruition, since Diageo's purchase of a major stake in USL earlier this year, the UK's Office of Fair Trading has begun an investigation into what effect the transaction could have on the UK spirits market.

Expert analysis

Global market review of blended and single malt Scotch whisky – forecasts to 2017

This latest global Scotch whisky report from IWSR and just-drinks is the most comprehensive edition we've published. It features 135 data tables covering the consumption volumes of the top malt and blended brands in each of 30+ countries, plus forecasts for Scotch by quality category globally and in each market.

Sectors: HR – personnel, Spirits

Companies: Diageo, Brown-Forman, Bacardi, The UB Group, Whyte & Mackay, United Spirits

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