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Edrington announces retirement of chief executive Ian Curle and appointment of Scott McCroskie

7 Dec 2018

Edrington announces retirement of chief executive Ian Curle and appointment of Scott McCroskie

Edrington, the international premium spirits company, today announced that chief executive officer Ian Curle will retire in March 2019 after 15 years in that role.

His successor will be Scott McCroskie, who is currently a member of the Edrington board and managing director of The Macallan.

Mr Curle joined the business in 1986 through Edrington’s subsidiary Lang Brothers, becoming group operations director in 1997 before succeeding Sir Ian Good as chief executive in 2004. He has been chairman of the North British Distillery since 2002, is a former chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association, and is an advisor to the UK Board of Trade.

Crawford Gillies, chairman of Edrington said: “Ian has led Edrington to become one of the world’s leading international premium spirit companies. On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank him for his 32 years of outstanding service, and particularly the 15 years in which he has been a wise and inspiring chief executive. Ian exemplifies the Edrington ethos of ‘giving more’ and his vision has transformed Edrington, positioning the company well for the great opportunities that lie ahead. We wish him a very happy retirement, together with his wife and family.”

Mr Gillies explained that after a thorough and thoughtful search process, Scott McCroskie will become chief executive with effect from 1 April 2019.

He added: “Scott has accumulated a wealth of experience during 20 years in senior roles in the drinks industry. As an Edrington board director and managing director of The Macallan, he has delivered remarkable success and contributed greatly to the business. He is the right leader to build on Ian’s hugely successful tenure and help write the next chapter of Edrington’s history.”

Mr Curle’s stewardship of Edrington has transformed the business from a successful Scotch Whisky producer employing 900 people, to a leading premium spirits brand building company with 3000 employees. In that period, The Macallan has become the world’s most valuable single malt, sitting at the top of a portfolio that also includes Highland Park, The Glenrothes and The Famous Grouse.

During his 15 years at the helm of Edrington, the company has invested and developed a worldwide sales and distribution network of wholly owned and joint venture companies in Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Dominican Republic. Earlier this year he congratulated his team on the opening of the award-winning new distillery and brand home of The Macallan in Speyside.

Ian Curle said: “It has been a privilege to have been part of a unique and genuinely leading organisation that contributes so much to the industry and so much to Scotland. I would like to thank the trustees of our principal owner, The Robertson Trust, for their support over many years.

“I have been fortunate to work with an exceptional group of people across our board and senior leadership team. Today, Edrington is an international team of 3000 of the most talented, dedicated and generous people in our industry, representing several of the world’s finest premium spirit brands.

“Edrington’s best days lie ahead, and through Scott’s leadership it will continue to be an ambitious, dynamic business, and a cornerstone of the Scotch Whisky industry that maintains and nurtures the ethos of giving more that has underpinned the company for 157 years.”

Scott McCroskie said: “It has been a privilege working with Ian over the past 10 years.  He has led Edrington to great success, and leaves an amazing legacy, not least with the new Macallan distillery. I am delighted to take on the CEO role from Ian, and fully intend to work with the team at Edrington to build on the strong position we have achieved under his leadership.”