The big interview: Mark Reynier, Renegade Rum

Renegade Rum founder Mark Reynier has built an operation from scratch in Grenada, and has fought to prove the validity of terroir in whisky production. Now he is determined to make rum a quality offering, he tells Melita Kiely. “I don’t really care where rum is going; the same thing with Waterford – do I care where Irish whiskey is going? Not really.” Waterford Distillery and Renegade Rum Distillery founder Mark Reynier has never been…

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Bacardi appoints Kerry Carr to global leadership team

Independent company Bacardi has promoted Kerry Carr to its global leadership team to spearhead performance and revenue growth management worldwide. Carr currently acts as senior vice president global performance management at Bacardi. Her responsibilities will be extended to include revenue growth management and Bacardi enterprise services, in addition to her existing responsibilities of strategic projects, global reporting and metrics to drive business performance. She will report to Bacardi executive vice president and chief financial officer…

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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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