Scottish spirits company Edrington has appointed Scott McCroskie as its new CEO, following the announcement that current CEO Ian Curle will retire in March 2019 after 15 years in the role.
McCroskie is currently a member of the Edrington board and managing director of The Macallan single malt whisky brand, and has over 20 years of experience in the drinks industry, and he will succeed Curle on 1 April 2019.
Mr Curle joined the company in 1986, becoming group operations director in 1997 before succeeding Sir Ian Good as chief executive in 2004.
Under Curle’s leadership, the business has grown from employing 900 people to 3,000 and developed a worldwide sales and distribution network which encompasses Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Dominican Republic.
Crawford Gillies, chairman of Edrington said: “Ian has led Edrington to become one of the world’s leading international premium spirit companies.
“Ian exemplifies the Edrington ethos of ‘giving more’ and his vision has transformed Edrington, positioning the company well for the great opportunities that lie ahead. We wish him a very happy retirement, together with his wife and family.
“Scott has accumulated a wealth of experience during 20 years in senior roles in the drinks industry. As an Edrington board director and managing director of The Macallan, he has delivered remarkable success and contributed greatly to the business.
“He is the right leader to build on Ian’s hugely successful tenure and help write the next chapter of Edrington’s history.”
McCroskie added: “It has been a privilege working with Ian over the past 10 years. He has led Edrington to great success, and leaves an amazing legacy, not least with the new Macallan distillery.
“I am delighted to take on the CEO role from Ian, and fully intend to work with the team at Edrington to build on the strong position we have achieved under his leadership.”
Last month, Edrington offloaded its Cutty Sark whisky brand to French spirits La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, the owner of Glen Moray.
The company also opened a new distillery and visitor centre in Speyside for its Macallan after a £140m investment.
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