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The CEO of Pernod Ricard's North American operations has called time on his 25-year career with the group.

Two senior executive transitions at Pernod Ricard are set for the start of next month

Two senior executive transitions at Pernod Ricard are set for the start of next month

Paul Duffy is set to leave Pernod at the start of December, the company confirmed earlier today. Duffy's departure comes three-and-a-half years after he moved across from head of Pernod's The Absolut Co division to lead the North American region.

Since joining the company in 1994, Duffy had stints as CEO of Pernod's UK unit as well as the US, spending three years in between the two market leadership roles heading up Irish Distillers.

"After 25 years with Pernod Ricard, I will be stepping down as chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard North America in mid-December to support my family's desire to return home to Dublin," Duffy said in a post on his LinkedIn page. "Having moved with my family to England, Sweden, and the US twice - my family and I are ready to get back home to Dublin."

Group CEO Alex Ricard said: "Paul will be remembered as one of our management team members who accompanied the growth of our group over the last 25 years. We wish him the best for his return to Ireland."

Replacing Duffy from 2 December will be Ann Mukherjee, currently chief commercial officer of household products manufacturer SC Johnson & Son. Mukherjee also spent ten years with PepsiCo, where she rose to the position of president of global snacks and global insights.

Also announced today was the pending retirement of the head of Pernod's Winemakers unit. Bruno Rain, who has been with the company for 32 years, will make way for the current MD of Pernod Ricard Pacific, Bryan Fry. The switch will also take effect from 2 December.

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