Our Company

Edrington makes some of the world’s best-loved Scotch whiskies, including The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Highland Park, Cutty Sark and The Glenrothes.
The portfolio is complemented by Brugal, the leading premium rum in the Caribbean, and by Snow Leopard vodka.

 

Business Model

Edrington is a business headquartered in Scotland but international in its composition. With over 70% of staff based overseas it has its focus firmly on the opportunities for international development of its premium spirits brands.

The company’s business model has always had social responsibility at its core. When the Robertson sisters transferred their shareholding, and therefore their ownership, in Edrington to the newly formed charity The Robertson Trust in 1961, their ingenuity ensured that Edrington would remain independent and its history of philanthropy would continue.

Their legacy is alive and well in Edrington’s international community, where the company donates a 1% of pre-tax profits to good causes chosen by staff in its overseas offices.

The company believes this model sets Edrington apart from its competition. The strong values of the organisation are complemented by its highly rated premium brands. Edrington is a brand-building company with a strong track record of investing in both consumer marketing and the operational assets to bring those brands closer to consumers. The Macallan, The Famous Grouse, Brugal rum, Highland Park, Cutty Sark and The Glenrothes have all benefited from long-term investment to drive growth ahead of their categories.

People are the final ingredient in the business model. Edrington people are enterprising people. They enjoy a flexibility afforded by a short decision tree. Edrington's ownership model frees the company to be quick in its decision-making but long range in its planning. 

With its unique ownership model, respected brands and enterprising people, Edrington is a distinctive, independent force in international premium spirits.

Our Performance

Annual report and abbreviated accounts for 2018 are now available.

Directors

Edrington’s board of directors sets the company’s vision and strategic priorities. Combining depth of experience and breadth of skills, the board oversees management of the company’s interests with a commitment to the highest standards of governance and corporate citizenship, in line with Edrington’s unique ownership structure.

Crawford Gillies

Crawford Gillies

Chairman

Crawford Gillies

Crawford Gillies is an experienced non-executive director, currently on the boards of SSE and Barclays Bank, where he chairs the remuneration committee. Crawford has also chaired notable private and service sector organisations including Scottish Enterprise. He also founded The Saltire Foundation, which helps develop entrepreneurial leadership in Scotland. Mr Gillies succeeded Norman Murray as chairman in 2017.

Ian Curle

Ian Curle

Chief Executive

Ian Curle

Ian Curle was appointed as chief executive of Edrington in 2004, having joined the company in 1986.  

He is chairman of the North British Distillery and former chairman of The Scotch Whisky Association.

Paul Hyde

Paul Hyde

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Hyde

Paul is a chartered accountant who joined Edrington in 1997 and occupied a range of senior finance roles before becoming strategy and development director. He was appointed managing director of Edrington's regional power brands in 2015, leading The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark and Brugal rum. In August 2016 he was appointed Edrington's chief financial officer

Scott McCroskie

Scott McCroskie

Managing Director, The Macallan

Scott McCroskie

Scott McCroskie has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, holding financial and commercial roles with Scottish & Newcastle, Jim Beam Brands, Whyte & Mackay, and latterly with Maxxium UK, the spirits marketing and distribution business jointly owned by Edrington and Beam Global. He joined Edrington in 2009 and was appointed commercial director in 2011. Scott joined the Edrington board in 2013. In 2015 Scott became managing director of The Macallan, Edrington's leading brand and the world's most valuable Scotch whisky.

In addition to The Macallan, Scott leads Edrington's businesses in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Global Travel Retail.

Graham Hutcheon

Graham Hutcheon

Managing Director, Group Operations

Graham Hutcheon

Graham Hutcheon joined Edrington in 2000 as director of distillation.  He was appointed group operations director in 2003 and is President of Brugal.  He is a member of The Scotch Whisky Association, chairing the environment committee, and is director of both The Scotch Whisky Research Institute and the North British Distillery. Graham also serves on the Council of the CBI Scotland.

Martin Cooke

Martin Cooke

Group Company Secretary

Martin Cooke

Martin Cooke joined Edrington in 1988 and was appointed group company secretary in 1997. He is general counsel, a trustee of Edrington’s pension schemes and chairs the company’s risk management committee.

David Richardson

David Richardson

Non-Executive Director

David Richardson

David Richardson has extensive experience as a non-executive director and in international roles within the drinks industry, including 20 years with Whitbread plc.

David joined the Edrington board in 2013.

Alice Avis

Alice Avis

Non-Executive Director

Alice Avis

Alice Avis MBE was appointed a non-executive director of Edrington in 2015. She has significant international marketing and executive experience, in roles that include director of marketing and e-commerce for Marks and Spencer, global brand director of Johnnie Walker and chief executive of Sanctuary Spa.

Stefanie Fitzgerald

Stefanie Fitzgerald

Non-Executive Director

Stefanie Fitzgerald

Stefanie brings significant international and digital marketing experience of managing some of the world's best known luxury fragrance brands. She is currently Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Esteé Lauder's EMEA division based in Paris.

Stefanie Fitzgerald was appointed as a non-executive director in May 2018.

Callum Barton

Callum Barton

Non-Executive Director

Callum Barton

Callum Barton, former president and CEO of Richemont North America, was appointed as non-executive director of Edrington in 2007. Callum has over 30 years’ experience of the luxury goods business with the Richemont Group and during his career he was chief executive of Alfred Dunhill in London.

Callum will step down from the Edrington board in July 2018.

History

Edrington’s success stems from a heritage of exceptional people dedicated to quality, integrity, independence and innovation.

The origins of the company stretch back to the mid-nineteenth century, when William Robertson founded the Robertson & Baxter company in Glasgow.

The Robertson family also founded Highland Distillers in 1887 and, ultimately, in 1999, Edrington acquired Highland along with its iconic brands The Famous Grouse, The Macallan and Highland Park. Today, these renowned premium spirit brands are distributed across international markets by a network of Edrington’s own distribution companies and selected partnerships.

Edrington is focused on its future as an independent, international company offering distinctive, premium spirit brands.

We know where we’re going. Take a closer look at how far we've come.

1800s

  • William A Robertson

    William A Robertson starts up in Glasgow in the mid 19th century. In 1861 Robertson & Baxter is founded and establishes itself as a successful broker in the whisky market.

    1861
  • Highland Distillers Logo - 1887

    The Highland Distilleries Company plc is founded, emerging as a significant force in the Scottish whisky industry over the coming years. William Robertson serves as its first chairman.

    1887

1900s

  • Robertson sisters create Edrington

    William Robertson's granddaughters, Agnes, Ethel and Elspeth, combine their business interests under a holding company, Edrington and create a charitable trust to be its principal owner and distribute its dividends to charities in Scotland.

    1961
  • Bordeaux House; The Famous Grouse

    Highland Distilleries acquires Matthew Gloag & Son and with it, The Famous Grouse.

    1970
  • Robertson & Baxter, the Clyde Bonding Company and The Clyde Cooperage Company are combined and become known as Edrington.

    1996
  • Edrington acquires Highland Distillers.

    1999

2000s

  • Edrington acquires a majority stake in Brugal rum in the Dominican Republic, expanding its portfolio beyond Scotch whisky for the first time.

    2008
  • Edrington Africas

    Edrington Africas opens in Johannesburg, bringing Edrington’s brands to growing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

    2012
  • Edrington-Fix, a joint venture is formed to distribute the company's brands to growing markets in the Middle East, the Gulf and north Africa. In 2017 the business becomes a wholly-owned by Edrington, known as Edrington Middle East & Africa.

    Edrington Singapore begins operations, managing the brands in markets across South East Asia.

    2013
  • Edrington Americas opens to serve the world's largest premium spirits market. The regional hub in New York is supported by offices in Miami, Chicago and Newport Beach.

    2014
  • Edrington extends its global travel retail business with joint ventures that later become wholly owned companies - Edrington Travel Retail Americas and Edrington European Travel Retail.

    2015
  • Edrington strengthens its Middle East presence when it becomes the sole shareholder in Edrington Fix Middle East, and the company becomes known as Edrington Middle East & Africa.

    2016
  • Edrington establishes a new global headquarters at 100 Queen Street in Glasgow, near to West Nile Street, where the business was based for 110 years.

     

    2017
  • Edrington purchases The Glenrothes brand from Berry Bros & Rudd, reuniting the brand with its distillery.

    2017
  • Edrington increases its stake in premium Tequila Partida to 25%.

    2018
  • Edrington's new distillery and brand home for The Macallan is acclaimed "a game changer" for premium spirits

    2018