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William Grant & Sons names new managing director global travel retail

Drinks company William Grant & Sons has appointed Rufus Parkinson (pictured) as managing director global travel retail. Parkinson joined the company in 2023 as regional director of global travel retail for Europe, the Americas, India, and the Middle East. 
Through his career in luxury consumer brands and retail, Parkinson has held roles at well-known companies including Moët Hennessy and Mars. In his new role, he will oversee global travel retail for William Grant & Sons as it builds its presence in the sector.
Parkinson commented: “I am delighted to take on this key role and explore new ways in which to meet the evolving demands of travelling consumers — and our retail partners. 
“The resurgence of the luxury spirits segment within global travel retail offers so many exciting opportunities, and we will continue to push the boundaries of innovation in order to deliver memorable brand experiences, drive footfall, and uplift sales.”
Parkinson takes over from previous managing director global travel retail David Wilson, who announced in January that he would step down from William Grant & Sons. 

26 April 2024 - Lucy Schofield