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New challenge for whisky veteran Farrar

Paul RossFamous Grouse manufacturer Edrington has announced that veteran executive Bill Farrar (far left) will leave the company in June to pursue new business interests.

He will be succeeded by Paul Ross (left), president of Edrington Americas,

Mr Farrar, managing director super premium, began his career with the company in 1989, since when he has led the marketing strategy for several of the world’s most successful spirit brands.

He joined the Edrington board in 2003 and has overseen the rapid growth of The Macallan and the development of the international distribution businesses.

In his current role he has been at the forefront of the company’s innovation team and its fast-growing super premium spirit brands, including Highland Park single malt. 

Mr Ross will be replaced by Chris Spalding who was heavily involved in the creation of Edrington Americas and is currently commercial director, North America.

Aristotelis ‘Tellis’ Baroutsis is appointed managing director of the company’s regional power brands business unit, which is responsible for The Famous Grouse and Cutty Sark blended Scotch whiskies and Brugal rum.

Igor Boyadjian replaces Mr Baroutis as managing director of global travel retail in Singapore.

Ian Curle, chief executive, said: “Bill has been a friend and colleague for nearly thirty years, during which time he has contributed strongly to Edrington’s growth and success. I would like to thank him for his valued support and commitment, and wish him all the best in his future business interests.

“When Edrington moves into its new global headquarters in Glasgow in the spring, I am delighted that we will be joined by two of our most experienced international leaders in global roles.”


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