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Leadership changes at William Grant & Sons

Independent family distillers, William Grant & Sons, has confirmed the appointment of Rita Greenwood as managing director William Grant & Sons UK & Ireland.

Rita will be taking on this responsibility from Chris Mason who has successfully led the UK business over many years. Chris Mason will continue to lead the William Grant & Sons business in Europe as managing director developed European markets.

Rita Greenwood comes with a wealth of experience having formerly held roles across the William Grant & Sons business including managing director global travel retail, managing director developed European markets and commercial director in the UK.

Both Rita Greenwood and Chris Mason will report to the chief commercial officer and the new roles will be effective from February 15, 2016.

Simon Hunt, William Grant & Sons chief commercial officer says: “Rita and Chris are both incredibly experienced and effective leaders who, over the years have been instrumental in the development of our business in the UK and Europe. These are complex markets and the change in roles for Rita and Chris will mean a refreshed focus in all areas that will drive forward our ambitions. I wish them both well.”

Chris Mason says: “The UK is an exciting market that I have thoroughly enjoyed working in and I now look forward to focussing my attention on our strategy in the developed European markets.”

Rita Greenwood says: “I am delighted to be taking on this role in the UK, we have a strong business in the UK that has been driven by a talented and passionate team. I look forward to working with them to build on their success.”

Over the course of the coming month a process of handover and transition will take place to ensure continuity of business across the UK and European regions.

18 January 2016 - Rebecca Sterritt Paragraph Publishing, content manager