Cognac, Rum and the Americas

Steve’s breakdown: We’re talking about Rémy Martin and Mount Gay Rum in addition to the Americas division all have new leadership at Remy Cointreau. Probably a good time to cross check your rolodex with the team for opportunities . . .

NEW YORK, NY & PARIS, France: Remy Cointreau has announced a raft of leadership changes, scheduled to take place from 1 June.

The company said today that Eric Vallat, CEO of the House of Rémy Martin and president of Mount Gay Rum, will leave the business to pursue a career outside of the industry. Philippe Farnier, CEO of the Americas region, is appointed CEO of the House of Rémy Martin.

In turn, Ian McLernon, CEO of the Global Travel Retail division, moves to head up the Americas region, while David Ennes becomes CEO of Global Travel Retail in addition to his current responsibilities as CEO of the Asia region.

Jean-Denis Voin, CEO of the Liqueurs and Spirits division, will also assume responsibility for Mount Gay Rum.

“On behalf of the group, I would like to offer Eric my personal thanks for his continuous and inspired engagement since January 2014,” said Remy Cointreau Group CEO Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet. “Within a challenging market environment, he successfully revamped the strategy of the House of Rémy Martin, accelerating its move upmarket, and building the foundations for a prosperous earnings outlook. I wish him every success in his future career, and I wish all the best to the members of the executive committee in their new roles.”

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