Hélène de Tissot will become Pernod Ricards next MD of finance later this year

Hélène de Tissot will become Pernod Ricard's next MD of finance later this year

Pernod Ricard has confirmed a raft of changes at its senior executive level, featuring a change of CFO and the pending departure of the head of the Chivas Brothers unit.

The company, which reported its half-year results today, announced that Laurent Lacassagne will step down from the position of CEO of Chivas Brothers later this year. Having been with the group for 30 years, Lacassagne, who moved to Chivas five years ago, is leaving Pernod outright. Details of his future plans were not disclosed.

Replacing Lacassagne will be the current CEO of the Irish Distillers unit, Jean-Christophe Coutures, who has been with the Irish whiskey division since 2016.

Also announced today is the switch of group MD of finance Gilles Bogaert to lead up Pernod's Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America divisions. Bogaert will fill the shoes vacated by Christian Porta, the company's next MD of global business development. Porta's next position is a newly-created role, which will be responsible for "coordinating strategies and initiatives related to our brand portfolio, including innovation and digital" and "adapting our ways of working and reinforcing the expertise of our sales and marketing teams to become a truly "consumer-centric" organisation".

Pernod's next CFO will be Hélène de Tissot, the current group strategy and M&A director.

Two other changes see Conor McQuaid move from executive VP of global business development to Irish Distillers in Coutures' stead, and Philippe Coutin, current leader of Pernod's operations in Russia and Eastern Europe, to the CEO-ship of the Ricard and Pernod companies.

With the exception of this final appointment, which takes effect from May, all other changes will kick in on 1 July.

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