Wilby has been with Brown-Forman for 17 years

Wilby has been with Brown-Forman for 17 years

Brown-Forman is to name a new Northern Europe head later this year after long-term executive Andrew Wilby announced his retirement.

Wilby will step down at the end of January, capping a 17-year career at Brown-Forman. On Friday, Brown-Forman told just-drinks that it is looking for a successor to Wilby and "will announce something later this year".

Wilby joined Brown-Forman in 2000 as MD for the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands. Under his watch, Jack Daniel's volumes tripled in the UK, Brown-Forman said.

"I feel incredibly lucky to have worked for so much of my career with fantastic people and great brands," Wilby said. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my 17 years with Brown-Forman and I am grateful for the trust and confidence the company and the Brown family have always shown in me. I feel particularly privileged to have worked with such an enthusiastic and talented team in London. It has been a real pleasure to see individuals in that team develop and grow their careers. I hope I am leaving a little bit of the business in better shape than when I started and I am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength."

Wilby serves on the board of directors of Edward Dillon, Brown-Forman's joint distribution venture in Ireland, and is a member of Brown-Forman's European Leadership Team. Before joining Brown-Forman, he held a number of positions with Diageo.

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