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Blackrock man Conor McQuaid appointed new chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers

Blackrock man Conor McQuaid appointed new chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers

Blackrock man Conor McQuaid has been appointed the new chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers.

He will replace the outgoing Jean-Christophe Coutures who is leaving to take up a new role with Chivas Brothers, the scotch whisky business of Pernod Ricard, parent company of Irish Distillers.

Mr McQuaid, who currently serves as EVP Global Business Development at Pernod Ricard, joined Irish Distillers as Regional Manager for Southern Europe in 1998, and has worked across the Pernod Ricard group for almost 20 years.

Conor, whose mother Josephine still lives in Blackrock, will take up the role as Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers on July 1st, 2018.

He will return to Ireland to take up the role having been based in Cape Town in recent years.

The announcement came recently as the Irish drinks firm said it had broken the four million case milestone for Jameson whiskey in the first half of 2017, with sales growth of 12 per cent in value terms and 11 per cent in volume.

In the first half of 2017, Jameson’s net sales grew 5 per cent, Powers was up 11 per cent, with premium gin rising 29 per cent.

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