Pernod Ricard UK CEO To Leave Role To Head Spirits Giants Business In Russia

By Dave Simpson
Pernod Ricard UK CEO To Leave Role To Head Spirits Giants Business In Russia

CEO of Pernod Richard UK Laurent Pillet is leaving his role to head the leading supplier of spirits and wines business in Russia and Eastern Europe, according to The Spirits Business. 

Pillet will remain in his role until January 1, 2019, and will be succeeded by David Haworth, who is currently the MD of the company’s business in Germany and Western Europe.

Senior Shake Up 

The news follows the recent announcement that Claire Tolan will take on the role of managing director – Ireland in place of Louise Ryan, who is taking up the position of managing director of Pernod Ricard’s global gin business unit, The Gin Hub, in London.

Ryan joined Irish Distillers in 2011 and held a number of key roles, including strategy and insights director, before she was appointed as managing director for Ireland in July 2016.7


Prior to joining Irish Distillers, Ryan was with Mars Ireland for 14 years where she held numerous roles including marketing director and commercial director.

As managing director of The Gin Hub, Ryan will oversee development and innovation within Pernod Ricard’s portfolio of strategic gin brands, Beefeater, Plymouth and Seagram’s, to further drive growth in the category.

Commenting on the appointments, Conor McQuaid, chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers, said, "Both Claire and Louise have shown exceptional leadership and talent in their previous positions and we know that they will continue to impress in their new roles."

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