UK: William Grant & Sons readies chairman transition

By | 30 April 2012

Glenn Gordon will replace his cousin, Peter, as chairman of William Grant & Sons

Glenn Gordon will replace his cousin, Peter, as chairman of William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons has confirmed details of a change of chairman.

The UK-based spirits company, which owns the Glenfiddich and Grant's Scotch whisky brands, said this morning (30 April) that Glenn Gordon will become its new non-executive chairman. Gordon, who is the great-great grandson of company founder William Grant, replaces Peter Gordon, who assumed the role four years ago.

“I am very proud of the significant strides that our business has achieved over the last four years as a result of everyone’s efforts,” said Peter Gordon, who will continue to be a board member, the company said. “A seamless transition between me and Glenn will ensure we maintain our current pace.”

The current board also comprises Javier Ferran as vice chairman, Charles Gordon, Fergus Chamberlain, Robert Pollet, Iain Napier, CEO Stella David and CFO Dermid Strain.

Last week, William Grant switched distributors in Germany from Beam Deutschland to the German arm of Gruppo Campari for its Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey brand.

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William Grant & Sons in Alcoholic Drinks (World)

Despite being only ranked as the world’s 36th biggest spirits company with only less than 1% of volumes, William Grant has proved to be one of the most dynamic and successful spirits companies posting above average volume growth since 2006 The profile looks at its current position and what more it needs to do to continue its strong growth trajectory.

Sectors: HR – personnel, Spirits

Companies: William Grant, Glenfiddich, Campari

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