Jean-Manuel Spriet has been appointed CEO of Pernod Ricard UK Ltd. as of 1st July 2005.  He takes over from Paul Duffy who has been appointed CEO at Irish Distillers, one of Pernod Ricard's key brand owning companies.
Spriet has held senior positions with Pernod Ricard brand owner and sales and marketing companies, as well as the Holding Group.
Spriet joined Pernod Ricard in 1990 and has spent the last three years as CEO of Jan Becher, the leading importer of spirits in the Czech Republic. Prior to this, Spriet was finance & administration director of Orangina, Pernod Ricard's soft drink business based in Aix en Provence, France.
He then returned to the Pernod Ricard Holding Group in Paris in 1998 as deputy finance director when Pernod Ricard announced its strategic decision to sell Orangina and refocus on its core business with the part acquisition of Seagram's portfolio.
Before returning to France, Spriet moved to Adelaide, Australia in 1993 as finance & administration director of Orlando Wyndham, the heart of Pernod Ricard's wine business, which includes Jacob's Creek and Wyndham Estate wines.