Whyte & Mackay has poached the chief liquor buyer of BAA's retail arm World Duty Free to run its travel retail division.

James Prescott has been World Duty Free head of liquor and tax-free since 1999. He joins the Glasgow-based firm in October, replacing long-serving director travel retail Andy Lane, who left the company earlier this month.

Whyte & Mackay's best-selling duty-free brands include the eponymous Whyte & Mackay Scotch whisky, single malts Isle of Jura and The Dalmore, and Glayva liqueur.