just-drinks has today (19 November) published an interview with Irish Distillers CEO Alexandre Ricard. Here are five career facts about the man tipped to one day head Pernod Ricard's empire.

  • Alexandre Ricard, 37, is the nephew of Pernod Ricard chairman Patrick Ricard and a graduate of ESCP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris) and the Wharton University of Pennsylvania.
  • He started his career with Banque Indosuez in Milan and then worked with Andersen Consulting in Paris and Morgan Stanley in London.
  • He joined Pernod Ricard in 2003 as audit & business development manager.
  • At the end of 2004 he came to Ireland as finance and administration director of Pernod's Irish Distillers.
  • In September 2006, he was appointed managing director of Pernod Ricard Asia Duty Free, based in Hong Kong. Ricard returned to Irish Distillers in July 2008 to the position of chairman and CEO.