Georgie Crawford to join Elixir Distillers

Former Lagavulin manager Georgie Crawford will join Elixir Distillers as distillery manager of the company’s new Islay site. Elixir Distillers received planning permission to build a new distillery on Islay in December 2020. Crawford has worked for Diageo for 14 years, most recently holding the position of project implementation manager for the revival of Port Ellen. She will join Elixir Distillers this summer when construction work of the new distillery is expected to begin. Sukhinder…

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Brown-Forman appoints CFO

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has named Leanne Cunningham as its new chief financial officer, taking over from Jane Morreau on 2 July. Cunningham, senior vice president, shareholder relations officer, global commercial finance and financial planning and analysis, has worked at Brown-Forman for more than 25 years. In her current position, Cunningham is responsible for financial forecasting and reporting across the global business. She also helped lead the acquisition and integration of Benriach Distillery Company, and…

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Beam Suntory hires ex-Diageo exec for digital boost

Beam Suntory has appointed former Diageo executive Venky Iyer as vice president – digital products and experience to spearhead the group’s digital expansion. Iyer will be responsible for outlining the strategy to build momentum and ‘rapidly advance’ Beam Suntory’s digital agenda. Jessica Spence, president of brands, said: “Venky will be central to leading the continued evolution of our digital agenda as we further premiumise the digital consumer and customer experience with our business and our…

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Bacardi names new global malts ambassador

Bermuda-based Bacardi has appointed Matthew Cordiner as global malts ambassador for the company’s portfolio of single malt Scotch whiskies. Speyside local Cordiner will represent Bacardi’s single malt brands: Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie, The Deveron and Royal Brackla. With more than 12 years’ experience in the whisky sector, Cordiner started his career in the industry as a tour guide for Glenlivet distillery, and subsequently joined Chivas Brothers’ graduate programme. After completing his studies, Cordiner spent the next…

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Former Patrón master distiller Francisco Alcaraz dies

Francisco Alcaraz, the former master distiller of Patrón Tequila, has died at the age of 75. Alcaraz passed away on Sunday 4 April in Guadalajara, Mexico, following longstanding health issues. Alcaraz’s career in the Tequila industry spanned more than 50 years, and he is thought to have been the longest serving master distiller in the Tequila sector. He officially retired as master distiller of Patrón on 14 July 2020 following more than 30 years with…

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