Changing of the guard at Irish Distillers

More moves in IDL:

Dublin, May 12th, 2016 – Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has today announced the appointment of Louise Ryan as Managing Director – Ireland.

Louise’s appointment will come into effect from 1st July.  Louise will be a member of the Irish Distillers Leadership Team and report to Jean-Christophe Coutures, incoming Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers.

Louise holds a degree in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin and an MBS from the University College Dublin Graduate Business School. Prior to joining Irish Distillers she held a number of senior marketing and sales roles, including that of Commercial Director, at Mars Ireland. In 2011 she joined Irish Distillers as Head of Business Development and most recently has worked as Strategy & Insights Director with dual reporting to the CEO and Marketing Director.

Louise replaces Pat Magee, who has been appointed General Manager – Florida at Pernod Ricard USA. Pat’s appointment is part of a Pernod Ricard USA business transformation project aimed at accelerating the group’s current momentum in the U.S. It has a simple objective: grow value market share in a sustainable way.  Pat joined Irish Distillers in July 2007 as Business Unit Director – Retail.  He previously held senior commercial roles with Reckitt & Colman Ireland and the Eason Group and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business UCD.  In July 2009 Pat was appointed Sales Director (Retail) and has been on the Irish Distillers Leadership Team as Managing Director – Ireland since September 2011.

I just pray that this new, hyper-sales focussed team won’t mean NAS releases as far as the eye can see. We live in hope.

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