William Grant & Sons has announced the retirement of its longest-serving sales director.

Paul Ellis, who has been the company's sales director for the Middle East and Arabian Gulf, leaves the company at the end of this month after more than 30 years service, the company said today (17 March).

Ellis played a part in the development of William Grant's business first across Africa, the Middle East and Arabian Gulf and Indian sub-continent before relocating to Cyprus in 1996 when he became sales director for the Middle East and Arabian Gulf.

"Paul has made a tremendous contribution to the success of our business in his area during his 30 years' service," said James Doherty, William Grant's managing director for developing markets. "On behalf of everyone at William Grant & Sons, I would like to thank him for his hard work and commitment which has helped establish a sustainable and profitable branded business in the Middle East and provided a solid foundation for the future."

The company noted that it is in the process of looking for a new regional manager for the Middle East and Arabian Gulf travel retail, who would report to William Grant's global travel retail director, Rita Greenwood.