Mahesh Madhavan, right, will replace Mike Dolan, left, as CEO of Bacardi next year

Mahesh Madhavan, right, will replace Mike Dolan, left, as CEO of Bacardi next year

Earlier today, Bacardi released details of its leadership succession, with Mahesh Madhavan lined up to become the group's next CEO once the present incumbent, Mike Dolan, retires next year. Madhavan, 54, will assume the role of regional president for Europe with immediate effect and will be based out of Geneva. Once he becomes CEO, he will move to global HQ in Bermuda.

Here, just-drinks looks back at Madhavan's career so far.

  • Hailing from Mumbai, Madhavan's first job with Bacardi was as general manager for marketing in India, a role he held for almost three-and-a-half years.
  • He moved to head up operations in Thailand & the Philippines in 2001, a post he filled for over six years - the longest in his Bacardi career so far.
  • Then, in mid-2007, Madhavan assumed responsibility for the South Asia region, comprising India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the Maldives.
  • South-East Asia was added to his purview in 2012, although his native India dominated his attention in both this and his previous job. Indeed, in 2010, he was quoted by the local press as being the president & CEO of Bacardi India.
  • He moved to Dubai in early-2014 to become MD of the Middle East & Africa for the group, before becoming president of the region six months later. Madhavan inherited the role from Jon Grey, who moved to the regional presidency for Asia-Pacific.
  • Towards the end of 2015, he was installed as regional president for Asia, the Middle East and Africa, his current position.
  • Although he celebrates his 20th anniversary with Bacardi in June, Madhavan's first job in the drinks industry was actually with Diageo, for whom he was group product manager in India between 1994 and 1997.

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