Pernod Ricard has announced that its chairman and CEO of its North American business, Paul Duffy, will be stepping down from his position, effective from 2 December.
Duffy’s resignation to “return to Ireland” will also see him leave as a member of the group’s executive committee (COMEX).
Duffy joined Pernod Ricard in 1994 as assistant finance director of the treasury team at Irish Distillers and was later appointed as finance director and managing director of Pernod Ricard UK.
Other senior roles he has held since include chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers and managing director of Pernod Ricard USA from 2008 to 2012.
After moving to the Absolut Company to serve as CEO, Duffy returned to his current position, where according to the alcohol manufacturing company “he drove the transformation of the local US business”.
Alexandre Ricard, chairman and CEO of Pernod 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.”
Duffy will be succeeded by Ann Mukherjee, the current chief commercial officer of S.C Johnson & Son, a US manufacturer of household products. Mukherjee has held several senior positions in major companies including Kraft Foods Group and PepsiCo.
Ricard added: “I am very pleased to welcome Ann to our executive committee. Her comprehensive marketing and commercial expertise will not only undoubtedly contribute to furthering the transformation of our ever-more consumer-oriented company, but to achieving our first and foremost objective: to accelerate our growth in our number one market, the United States.”
In other changes to the beverage company’s committee, Bruno Rain will be retiring from his role as chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Winemakers, after working at the business for 32 years. Rain will be replaced by Pernod Ricard Pacific’s current managing director Bryan Fry as of 2 December.
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