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Distil appoints new non-executive director

Drinks group Distil has appointed industry veteran Michael Keiller as an independent non-executive director.

Keiller will take up his place on the board of the company - which owns brands including RedLeg Spiced Rum, Blackwoods Gin and Vodka, and Trøve Botanical Spirit - from 1 July 2021.

Having begun his career as a chartered accountant, Keiller went on to hold senior finance and corporate roles at Guinness, United Distillers Europe and Diageo in its early development stage.

He joined Suntory-owned Morrison Bowmore Distillers as CEO in 2000 and helped to transform the business from a bulk whisky supplier into a profitable consumer brand.

Following his retirement from Morrison Bowmore in 2014, he served as a non-executive director with The Last Drop Distillers.

Don Goulding, executive chairman of Distil, said: "I am delighted to welcome Mike to the board as we seek to further strengthen our team and take Distil into the next phase of development particularly in the area of premium malt whisky.

"His breadth of industry experience in Scotland, the UK and internationally, together with a proven track record of driving transformational growth will bring significant value to the business."

17 June 2021 - Bethany Whymark