Drinks veteran is new NXD

Calder to conduct audit at drinks firm

Brian CalderFormer Tennent Caledonian Breweries chief executive Brian Calder has joined Inverarity Morton as a non-executive director. 

He will be looking at ways to improve the product offering and operational productivity at the wines and spirits merchant.

It was Mr Calder’s background in drinks wholesaling and incisive business acumen that made him the top choice for the job, explained managing director Stephen Russell.

“Brian is an incredibly astute businessman and knows the trade, knows the marketplace inside out,” he said.  “He made a very bold, but canny, decision to completely reshape the company [Wallaces Express] and then steered it over a relatively short time to become the most successful wholesaler in Scotland.  At the time of the C&C acquisition, Wallaces had a turnover of £90m and employed over 300 people.

“We have asked him to come in and conduct a full audit of the business, looking into every nook and cranny from the product range to systems and policies.”

Mr Calder joined Wallaces in 1975, and, alongside David Cosh, helped build the then pub and retail business throughout Ayrshire before it moved into drinks wholesaling as Wallaces Express in the mid-1980s. 

He became MD of Wallaces in 2000, which came shortly before the business exited pubs and shops to focus on wholesaling. He staged a management buyout of the company with Chris Cosh in 2003, which was then sold to C&C in 2014. He stepped down as CEO a year later.

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