Inver House Distillers, the Scotch whisky subsidiary of ThaiBev, has confirmed the departure of MD Graham Stevenson.

Stevenson, who has been with Inver House for 23 years, is a partner at the private consortium that this week bought Pernod Ricard's Glenallachie Distillery. He will leave Inver House in September to take over at Glenallachie along with partners Billy Walker and Trisha Savage.

In a statement yesterday, Inver House said operations director Martin Leonard will replace Stevenson as MD. Leonard, 55, joined Inver House in 2000 and has been in his current post since 2007. 

"After 17 years with the Inver House Distillers business I am very much looking forward to taking up this new position, bringing my experience and knowledge of working in every aspect of operations to the role," Leonard said. "My ambition is to continue the dedicated leadership of Graham Stevenson, who leaves our business and brands in excellent shape for future growth and success."

This week, Pernod said it had sold off Glenallachie Distillery for an undisclosed sum. The Glenallachie Consortium will take ownership of the distillery upon completion of the transaction later this year.

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