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Eden Mill St Andrews appoints new CEO

Premium gin and whisky distillery Eden Mill has announced the appointment of Rennie Donaldson as new chief executive officer (CEO) under its chair Stella Morse.

Donaldson has been confirmed in the lead role, with the objective of delivering the brand's plans to grow international trade, rebranding its portfolio and delivering a new state of the art distillery and visitor centre on the banks of the River Eden, due to open in summer 2024.

Before joining Eden Mill as chief operating officer (COO) in February 2022, Donaldson was with William Grant & Sons, with brands such as Glenfiddich and The Balvenie as part of its portfolio. His career begun as a group financial controller at spirits group Edrington.

Commenting on his appointment, Donaldson said: “I have spent eleven years of my career working for two of Scotland’s most notable spirits businesses and bring with me a personal ambition to secure Eden Mill’s successful future offering premium Scottish gin and single malt whisky brands to the global market.”

Chair Morse added: “There is nobody better or more experienced to lead Eden Mill’s future growth and success than Rennie Donaldson and I am delighted to announce his new position of CEO at such an exciting and pertinent time for the business. 

“As work continues on our new iconic distillery and visitor centre in St Andrews, the executive leadership team, led by Rennie will support our commercial growth with a drive to reposition and premiumise Eden Mill’s portfolio within the Scotch whisky and gin category, driving international distribution and building our reputation particularly within the US and Asian markets, to ensure Eden Mill is recognised alongside other premium Scottish spirits producers.”  

11 August 2023 - Bradley Weir