Dublin, May 12th , 2016 – Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, has today announced the appointment of Louise Ryan as Managing Director – Ireland. Louise’s appointment will come into effect from 1st July. Louise will be a member of the Irish Distillers Leadership Team and report to Jean-Christophe Coutures, incoming Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers.

Louise’s appointment will come into effect from 1st July. Louise will be a member of the Irish Distillers Leadership Team and report to Jean-Christophe Coutures, incoming Chairman and CEO of Irish Distillers.

Louise holds a degree in Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin and an MBS from the University College Dublin Graduate Business School. Prior to joining Irish Distillers she held a number of senior marketing and sales roles, including that of Commercial Director, at Mars Ireland. In 2011 she joined Irish Distillers as Head of Business Development and most recently has worked as Strategy & Insights Director with dual reporting to the CEO and Marketing Director.

Louise replaces Pat Magee, who has been appointed General Manager – Florida at Pernod Ricard USA. Pat’s appointment is part of a Pernod Ricard US business transformation project aimed at accelerating the group’s current momentum in the U.S. It has a simple objective: grow value market share in a sustainable way. Pat joined Irish Distillers in July 2007 as Business Unit Director – Retail. He previously held senior commercial roles with Reckitt & Colman Ireland and the Eason Group and has a Masters in Business Administration from Graduate School of Business UCD. In July 2009 Pat was appointed Sales Director (Retail) and has been on the Irish Distillers Leadership Team as Managing Director – Ireland since September 2011.

For further information, contact:

Martyn Rosney/David O’Callaghan
Edelman
01 6789 333
085 728 2151/087 9388 880
irishdistillers@edelman.com

About Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson, our brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 26 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 5m cases in 2015. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 50 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Powers & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. In 2015, we completed a €220m investment which doubled our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products.

We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork and Dublin.

About Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 85 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics.

Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.